Grand Hotel Europa: Touristic areas
Naples’s underground passages represents one of the most fascinating and mysterious locations in the world. In the depths of the city lie captivating secret passages, tanks, catacombs and aqueducts for a surface view that reaches over 600,000 square meters. All the cavities bring back ancient times when men mined to find the coveted yellow Neapolitan “tufo” (a type of stone). Then the tunnels became catacombs, pagan caves or aqueducts. And during World War II, underground Naples was used as an antiaircraft refuge.
Through the course of time, the depth of the underground tunnels grew while on the surface a grand city was developing with its buildings and castles. And so, Naples was constructed with the same stone from its subsoil with a “geological continuity” that perhaps is unique throughout the world. In some people’s opinion, this practice could have rendered the city more “elastic” saving itself from many earthquakes because the seismic wave would result much softer thanks to the subsoil cavities.
First the Greeks and then the Romans carried out the underground aqueducts Bolla and Claudio; a sophisticated plumbing system that guaranteed the water supply to the city all the way up to the year 1883, adding up to a good 2300 years.
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