View of the side of a large Roman Temple that was dedicated to Emperor Augustus. Seven of the nine fluted Corinthian Columns are visible. The Temple was in existence when the Apostle Paul landed at Puteoli, and spent a week here, before being transferred, in custody, to Rome (Acts 28:13-14).
The temple was turned into a Church at the beginning of the sixth century. The Church is called the "Pozzuoli Cathedral" or the "Basilica of San Procolo Martire" and is the main church of Pozzuoli. Procolo was a Christian who was martyred around A.D. 305.
The Church/Temple has suffered much through the centuries—particularly in 1538 when the nearby volcano, Monte Nuovo, was formed. But the church was restored in the middle 1500s.
After additional destructions and neglect, it reopened for worship on May 11, 2014.