GeoEye-1 (0.5m) Satellite Image Pausilypon Archeological Site and the Seiano Grotto, Naples Italy
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This half-meter resolution image shows the Pausilypon Archaeological Site and the Seiano Grotto, located approximately 13 km (8.1 miles) west of Naples, Italy. These archaeological ruins include a remarkable amphitheater with 13 rows of seats in the top auditorium, six rows in the middle and an overall seating capacity of two thousand. The entire site has been permanently reopened to the public thanks to the recovery work being done by the Archaeological Sovrintendenza of Naples and Caserta and the contribution of the Commune of Naples. The GeoEye-1 satellite collected the image on April 9, 2012 while flying an average speed of 17,000 mph (four miles per second).
This ancient passageway, which was dug out about two thousand years ago and reinforced in the Bourbon period, snakes through the fascinating half-light of the tunnel and then is struck towards the end by the blinding light from side underground passages on the steep coves, which offer a breathtaking view.
There are remarkable archaeological remains in this area – a theatre of splendid structure with 13 rows of seats in the top auditorium and 6 in the middle one, an overall seating capacity of two thousand which exploited the natural slope of the hill, in accordance with the typical technique of Greek amphitheaters. On the opposite side are the remains of the Odeion, the ancient roofed theater used for recitals of rhetorical poetry and musical performances, which has a small “cavea” or auditorium positioned in front of the large Theater.