This is the
definitive map from the mid-1500s, one that has often
been cut up to show individual sections of the city.
Here you see how the Spanish expanded the city.
Compare this map to the one from 1522 and you will see how
the Spanish simply knocked down the old west wall of
the city (at the point marked by the smaller red
circle (approximately where Piazza Dante is today),
turning it to the west, and spread out --along the
coast as well as up the hill to San Martino and St.
Elmo (blue circle). The map shows the new road, via
Toledo (long yellow lines) as well as the square
blocks on the western side of that road. That section
is still called the Spanish Quarter. The road led down
to the new residence for the Spanish viceroy (small
yellow circle). That is, today, the Royal Palace. The
old historic center of town is in the large yellow
circle. The large, red circle on the left
encompasses the new Spanish settlement beyond what had
always been considered "Naples". It is, today, the
site of the Villa Comunale along the seaside.
1566 Lafréry Map (Antoine Lafréry,
(The areas within the colored circles or
lines are "live": that is, click in them to link
to a relevant article.)
(Also see discussion in the entry on Domenico Fontana.)
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