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The 1566 Lafréry Map (Antoine Lafréry, 1512-1577)

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 Quarters. (The plural is correct. They were individual barracks for soldiers.) 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.

(Also see discussion in the entry on Domenico Fontana.)

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