Art and Culture

Serapeo in Pozzuoli (Temple of Serapis - Macellum) - Naples

The Temple of Serapis (Serapeo), so-called for the statue of this Egyptian divinity (which today is housed in the National Archaeological Museum of Naples), is a unique testimony to the dockland and commercial district of "Puteoli".
In reality the temple is one of the best examples of "Macellum" a food market built between the end of the first and the beginning of the 2nd century a.D. and restored under the Emperor Severi in the 3rd century.
The shops and boutiques were situated in lines in a courtyard which supported a large entrance gate and marble decorations.
In the final line there was a hall with aspses for the Imperial Cult and the protectors of the market, among whom was the divinity Serapis.
Belonging to the "Pronaos" of this Macellum are three marble columns which, with small pock marks made by molluscs which burrow into the stone, are superb examples of the geological phenomenon pf bradyseism.
The sumptuous edifice of the market is ornately decorated with beautiful marble and the "Tholos" (a large circular building) at the centre of the courtyard which has sixteen columns made of African marble with striations in the lower parts made by marine animals.
During eighteenth century excavations, a series of valuable sculptures including Dionysus with Faun were found.
These are now housed at the National Archaeological Museum of Naples.

Pozzuoli, Via Terracciano 75 (Naples)

All days from 9.00 to one hour before sunset
1 January, 1 May and 25 December closed

EUR 4,00 Adults
EUR 2,00 for European Union members between 18 and 25 years old
(valid 2 days for 4 sities: Archaeological Museum of the Phlegraean Fields in Baia, Archaeological Park of Baia, Flavian Amphitheatre, Temple of Serapis - Serapeo - in Pozzuoli and Archaeological Ruins of Cuma)
Free Entrance for European Union members under 18 and over 65 years old
Free Entrance with Campania Artecard
Ticket office close one hour before

Additional Notes
The Temple of Serapis (Serapeo) is a site of CAMPANIA ARTECARD circuit

How you can get there from the Hotel
From the Piazza Amedeo Station take line 2 on the subway, in the direction of Gianturco, and get off in Montesanto (fist stop); proceed by Cumana train (Naples-Torregaveta line) from terminus in Piazza Montesanto (at 100 metres from the subway Station) and get off at Pozzuoli stop.

Excursion of Temple of Serapis is included in itinerary of Phlegraean Fields excursion available and organized by the Hotel.
In order to know all excursion details of Phlegraean Fields kindly click the link below

Temple of Serapis Excursion


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