Pompeii‎ > ‎The City Gates‎ > ‎

Nola Gate

Location

..

Map of Pompeii

..

Description

..
The Nola Gate is situated along the northern flank of the city's walls at the eastern end of the Via di Nola. The gate is one of the oldest of the city's gates, dating back to the Samnite era.
Unusually, the gate doesn't begin at the outer line of the wall, but beyond the inner, at the end of a passage formed by strong masonry.
..
The main road passing through the region was the Via Popilia which connected Capua with Rhegium in the toe of Italy. This road connected with the Via Appia at Capua and hence led to Rome.
..
The Via Popilia passed through Nola and it seems logical that a road would have connected Pompeii with Nola, giving access to this major artery.
..
..
The was originally a double gate like the Herculaneum Gate, but when the outer part was destroyed the inner part was rebuilt, probably at the same time as the building of the watch towers.
..
East of the road to Nola is a burial area consisting of three tombs: that of M. Obellius Firmus, one is anonymous, while the third is that of Aesquilia Polla, wife of N. Herennius Celsus.



Home....................<.Vesuvius Gate ......,.,,........The City Gates.......,............Sarno Gate.>..................Glossary