Translated Jeff Matthews
The hypogea of St. Vincent are in the quarter of the Vergini, an ancient area just outside the walls of ancient Neapolis. You gain access to the Monument Complex of St. Vincent by way of a tufa quarry that goes back to when the church, itself, was under construction; that is, around the 1760s by Luigi Vanvitelli. During the excavations for that construction, they came across a cistern from a yet earlier period, before the arrival of the fathers of the order of St. Vincent and when another order was present on approximately the same site, the Fratres Cruciferi (Cross bearing Brethren), an order abolished in 1656.
It is very likely that this ancient cistern goes back even further than that, given all the digging that has taken place in that area over the centuries. Current thought is that it was a Greco-Roman cistern.
The Fathers of St. Vincent have just begun a series of investigations of the site. They have delegated the task of finding out exactly what is down there to the Getta Association. They are certainly in for some surprises and interesting discoveries.
Together with the many other rediscovered sites in the area of the Vergini such as the Augustan Serino Aqueduct and the burial chambers selected by the ancient Parthenopeans and Neapolitans to continue on their way into the afterlife in their splendid burial hypogea, it all makes for a fascinating tour!
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