Spaccanapoli, Naples

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    Ex Chiesa della Croce di Lucca

    by MM212 Updated Apr 30, 2010

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    Built in the early 16th century by the Carmelites, Chiesa della Croce di Lucca was dedicated to the venerated crucifix in the Duomo of the city of Lucca. It underwent several renovations in the 17th and 18th centuries, during which some of the interior frescoes were painted. Sadly in 1903, the adjacent 17th century Convent was destroyed (now an open-air car park), sparing only the church itself, which was subsequently deconsecrated. The structure was then taken over by the university which uses it for special events, but the door is usually open for visitors. Do not be fooled by the rather uninteresting Baroque façade, for it hides a richly decorated interior that counts as a prime example of barocco napoletano architecture.

    barocco napoletano details The impressive interior of Croce di Lucca - may 09 barocco napoletano architecture Plain fa��ade of Croce di Lucca - May 09
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    Spaccanapoli

    by MM212 Updated Apr 23, 2010

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    The historic centre of Naples, referred to locally as Spaccanapoli, lies in the relatively flat section of the city east of the hill of Sant'Elmo and north of the bay of Naples. The name translates to "Split Naples", which directly refers to the straight street, Via dei Tribunali, that splits the district in two. This street was once the decumanus maximus (Decumano Maggiore), the east-west thoroughfare of Graeco-Roman Neapolis, which roughly covers the same area as today's Spaccanapoli. Nearly all of the streets in the district trace the same grid pattern first laid out by the Greeks when they built their "New City" in the 6th century BC. In this historic district (Centro Storico) one could see some of the city's oldest churches and monuments, traditional shops and mediaeval archways, but beneath it all are several layers belonging to different ancient iterations of the city. Many of these Greek, Roman and Byzantine ruins that lie below existing buildings have been excavated and made open to the public, including at the Duomo and the church of San Lorenzo Maggiore. Attached are a few photos of Spaccanapoli's straight streets, and further below are many tips that discuss each monument.

    Spaccanapoli - Apr 2010 Decumano Maggiore (via Tribunali), May 09 Mediaeval arches - May 09 laundry & balconies - May 09 May 09
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    Cappella del Monte di Pietà

    by MM212 Updated Mar 18, 2010

    Located in the courtyard of Palazzo Carafa, the Cappella del Monte di Pietà was built in the late 16th century as part of Monte di Pietà. This charitable organisation was set up in 1539 to combat usury and to help poor Neapolitans with heavy debts. It acquired the palazzo of Girolamo Carafa in 1579 and later appointed the Roman architect, Gian Battista Cavagna, to restore the building and to construct the Renaissance-style chapel. Flanking the doorway of the chapel are two sculptures by Pietro Bernini representing "la Carità" and "la Sicurezza" (charity and safety).

    Cappella del Monte di Piet�� - May 09 Doorway into Palazzo Carafa

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    Spaccanapoli

    by nyonnetti Written Apr 17, 2008

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    The name means "split Naples." This street bisects the city and was once the main thoroughfare for the city. Has lots of shopping and sights to enjoy. We drove the street on our cab ride, what an experience!

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    A walk throught the ancient Naples

    by gmg61 Written Jan 23, 2006

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    This is an idea for a nice walk through the heart of the historical centre along the ancient "lower decumanus", the old street of roman origins that also known as "Spaccanapoli":

    Piazza del Gesu', Chiesa del Gesu' Nuovo, Palazzo Filomarino, Chiesa di Santa Marta, Chiesa and Cloister di Santa Chiara, Palazzo Mazziotti, Palazzo Venezia, Palazzo Carafa della Spina, Chiesa di San Domenico Maggiore, Cappella San Severo, Chiesa Sant' gelo a Nilo, Via San Gregorio Armeno, San Lorenzo Maggiore, San Paolo Maggiore, Duomo, Museum of Contemporary Art "Donna Regina"

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    Spaccanapoli

    by egicom05 Updated Dec 3, 2005

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    The historic centre of Napoli is marked by a long road who cuts in two parts the old town. That is why neapolitans call it ?SpaccaNapoli? (?splitNaples?). Around Spaccanapoli there are the most interesting treasures of the town.
    The uniqueness of the historical centre, with buildings that hold immense art treasures, induced UNESCO to declare it a World Heritage of Humanity. The historic centre of the town is an open-air museum where you can admire the greek ancient method of dividing the city into a grid of cross-streets; the panorama of history then sweeps through centuries of construction of churches, palaces for the aristocracy, monasteries and fountains. The layout of the historic centre of Naples is ancient and founded on two main axes: roads running east to west (Decumani) were crossed at precise right angles by the north-south roads (Cardini), forming rectangular blocks (Insulae). The Lower Decumanus is popularly known as "Spaccanapoli". Today, the street corresponds to "Via Benedetto Croce" and "Via S. Biagio dei Librai." The churches along this street (like Ges? Nuovo and Santa Chiara) are magnificent. Following along "Spaccanapoli" you reach Piazza San Domenico Maggiore, then Cappella Sansevero, and further on, San Gregorio Armeno street, one of the most famous lane streets (?vicoli?) in the city, a true marketpace for the Nativity Scene?s art.

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    Spaccanapoli

    by myriam_c Updated Oct 28, 2005

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    This is the heart of the centro storico. This very long and straight street cuts Naples in two parts and goes all the way from the collina del Vomero to the Central Station.

    Via Tribunali is famous for the craftsmen of Napolitan Christmas Cribs (Manger Scenes). Year round you can see craftsmen making the cribs. Of course this has become a real industry and the street is like a chain of small shops selling cribs and other Christmas decorations, as well as typical Napolitan souvenirs, like pulcinelle statues and portafortune (peperoncini).

    Each Christmas the Via Tribunali becomes a popular pilgrimage destination, both for tourists and enthusiasts. The street is a heaven of lights and colours and Christianity and paganism merge.

    Puccinelle & portafurtune
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    Spaccanapoli

    by Polly74 Written Feb 2, 2005

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    Spaccanapoli is the way a specific road in the centre of Naples is called (it literally means Split Naples). This beacuse it splits the city into two parts. SpaccaNapoli is a long straight road, or several roads about 2 km long and just 6 meters wide. On both sides a tightly-packed labyrinth of narrow, charming alleys spreads out. This is the old, working-class, full-blooded Naples. Walking along the SpaccaNapoli, it is possible to follow an itinerary in one of the most characteristic areas of Naples, that corresponds to the “Decumano inferiore” of the Greek-Roman city, with churches, historical buildings, squares and old tiny craftsmen’s shops and laboratories.

    Walking along Spaccanapoli
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    Superb palace-type architecture

    by extrajoce Written May 21, 2003

    Staccanapoli, the city's historical centre, has magnificent palaces dating back from its grand days. Although many have not been well maintained, they are still showcases of architecture. With just 3 or 4 floors, they still stand as tall as many more recent constructions, giving just a hint of how splendid it must be inside. This building is just opposite the Duomo.

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    Staccanapoli old streets

    by extrajoce Written May 20, 2003

    Walking around in the centre of Napoli - the area is called Staccanapoli - adds flavour to the normal touristic experience. Here in via Egiziaca a Forcella, near the central station, begins a series of small narrow streets, scattered with amazing churches and piazzas. To me, this is the true heart of the city, with its renaissance feel.

    Typical street in Staccanapoli
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    SPACCANAPOLI: As its name...

    by flyingkiwi Written Sep 7, 2002

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    SPACCANAPOLI: As its name suggests, this long narrow street splits Naples on two, from high-up in the San Martino district down to the central station. Because of the number of churches and palaces along it, it has been likened to an 'open-air museum'. It's also one of the liveliest parts of the city, with many shops, craft workshops, buzzing university faculties and inviting cafe terraces.

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