San Gregorio Armeno, The art of the crib
Via San Gregorio Armeno, also called San Liguoro, is the picturesque road linking perpendicularly the two Neapolitan decumani, the Major (via dei Tribunali) and the Inferior (Via San Biagio dei Librai), famous throughout the world as the "home" of wonderful workshops of cribs that are handed down generation to generation this ancient craft. The tradition of the Via San Gregorio craftsmen has its origins in ancient times since the classical era, in this street there was a temple dedicated to the Roman goddess Cerere, to which the inhabitants brought the terracotta figurines, made in the neighboring workshops, as a votive offering. The birth of the Neapolitan crib goes back to the end of the eighteenth century, but it is important to know that already at that time the Neapolis area was characterized by the presence of craft activities devoted to the manufacture of decorated statues.
Between workshops, shops and stalls you can find all you need to create and beautify your crib, cork or cardboard houses of all shapes and sizes, mechanical objects operated by electricity, terracotta hand-painted shepherd, and others wrapped in precious cloth sewn garments tailored, real masterpieces of artistic creativity. The road of shepherds and cribs is also distinguished by its ancient and beautiful churches, including one dedicated to San Gregorio Armeno that, according to legend, was built on the ruins of the Temple of Cerere around 930. Lookup at the fascinated bell tower overlooking, lavish, the road, and serving as a link between the Church and Monastery of San Gregorio Armeno. The complex is also important for the presence of a rich archive and has one of most beautiful and evocative cloister of the city.