World’s most beautiful metro station opens soon in Naples

Naples will soon open their new futuristic metro station which was characterised as the most beautiful one in the world by Naples mayor Luigi de Magistris.

The long-awaited Duomo station, part of Linea 1 and located in Piazza Amore, is to be open in July following extensive delays caused by the discovery of the first-century AD temple in 2004. The existence of the long-lost Roman temple of the Neapolitan Isolympic Games was known to archaeologists for centuries, reports the Archaeology News Network.

The Olympic-style Neapolitan Games, or Ludi Neapolitani, were established in 2 AD to honour Augustus, some years after the emperor came to the aid of the Neapolitan city when it was devastated by a powerful earthquake.

That is why the station, besides its main function, will also act as a museum. It will be visible from street level thanks to a transparent steel and glass dome.

The futuristic station has been designed by the famous Roman architect Massimiliano Fuksas who designed the Nuvola congress centre in the capital.

Fuksas has defined the concept behind the project as “an astronaut’s walk” with commuters descending to the subway platforms 40 metres underground through a series of steel panels that change colour according to the times of the day and depending on the weather.

The flooring and stairs are in travertine marble while the exit staircase is in lava stone, and archaeological excavations are set to continue at the site even after the metro station opens, reports Artribune.

 

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