Porta Nocera and the city walls


The current gate in the southeastern sector of the defensive walls dates from the 4th cent. BC, immediately after the Samnites conquered Pompeii, although it was restored in later periods: it is called "Nocera" because it stands at the beginning of the road leading to the city with the same name. Generally speaking, the gate resembles those of Stabia and Nola: on the city side, a single barrel-vaulted room that contained the actual gate itself, wasfollowed by a corridor with two bastions at either end to protect the entrance. It is built with blocks of limestone, and appears very high due to the fact that the road bed was later lowered. The adjacent walls are made of blocks of limestone and tufa, on the interior, and limestone on the exterior, with an embankment where the patrol walkway ran.
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