Piazza Mercato, with two obelisk-fountains, lies in the center of a typical Neapolitan quarter. The district suffered greatly from bombing in WW2 and was further altered on the south side by the construction of enormous concrete buildings. On 7 July 1647, the people's revolt led by Masaniello (Tommaso di Aniello, born at no. 177 in the nearby Vico Rotto in 1622) broke out. Also put to death here were the revolutionaries of the, 'Partenopean Republic' in 1799. Today the square is a busy shopping area for fabrics, toys and tools.
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