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Neapolitan Gate (Porta Napoletana)

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Neapolitan Gate (Porta Napoletana)

Description

The Neapolitan Gate is aligned with Ariccia’s main avenue (Corso) and Chigi Palace, and it grants access to the Court Square. It is so-called because it faces Naples while Porta Romana (Roman Gate), at the other end of the town, faces Rome. Erected by architect Carlo Fontana between 1666 and 1673, the gate was first designed by Bernini as part of the planning of Court Square. The external face, whose jambs and arch are made of peperino (a kind of volcanic rock typical of the Roman area), is framed by a tower on the side and by a terrace with a balustrade and oval motifs on the top. Above the arch, the Chigi della Rovere coat of arms, made in 1673 by Lino Malucardi, can be seen.

At the entrance of the gate, as indicated by a 1997 marble plaque, a section of Roman paving has been incorporated in the pavement: this was the ancient Via Sacra, traveled by devotees to reach the temple of Iuppiter Latialis in Monte Cavo.


Prepared by

Museo Senza Frontiere, Saverio Capozzi, sulla base di materiale fornito da:
arch. Francesco Petrucci; © Museum With No Frontiers (MWNF).

Porta Napoletana © MWNF
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