MON­U­MENTS & PLACES OF IN­TER­EST

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CAP­PELLA SAN­SEVERO - Thanks to fa­mous mas­ter­pieces in­clud­ing the Veiled Christ, known through­out the world on ac­count of the Disin­ganno ( The Re­lease from De­cep­tion) and the Anatom­i­cal Ma­chines, the Chapel rep­re­sents one of the most unique mon­u­ments ever to have been built. Was built at the end of the 16th cen­tury by Rai­mondo di San­gro, the sev­enth prince of San­severo. Open MonSat 10am - 5.40pm; Sun and public hol­i­days 10am1pm - via Francesco De Sanc­tis, 19 - T: 081.5518470 - www. museosan­severo. it CAS­TEL DELL’OVO - Ac­cord­ing to an­cient Neapolitan leg­end, its name stems from the egg which Vir­gil, the Latin poet, sup­pos­edly hid in its foun­da­tions to sup­port the for­ti­fi­ca­tions. The place where the egg was pre­served was closed by heavy locks and kept se­cret be­cause it was be­lieved that all the facts and for­tunes of Cas­tel Marino de­pended upon it. From that time on­wards, the fate of the cas­tle and the en­tire city, was linked to that egg. The cas­tle’s for­ti­fi­ca­tions and ter­race of­fer a breath­tak­ing view over the gulf – Open Mon- Sat 8am- 7pm, Sun 8am2pm – Borgo Mari­naro – T: 081.2400055 CAS­TEL NUOVO - Also known as Mas­chio An­gioino, it is one of the most rec­og­niz­able sym­bols of the city built in 1279 by Charles I, king of Naples, as a royal res­i­dence for the House of An­jou. From the time that it was built, it was termed “New” to dis­tin­guish it from the older Cas­tles of Ovo and Ca­puano. Wor­thy of note are its un­der­ground pas­sages, its two tow­ers and its court­yard, from which you can en­joy a fab­u­lous view, its gallery and Pi­azza d’armi. Open Mon- Sat 9am - 7pm - via Vit­to­rio Emanuele III - T: 081.7955877 CAS­TEL SANT’ELMO - The first doc­u­mented in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the cas­tle dates back to 1275. This star- shaped cas­tle was orig­i­nally a church ded­i­cated to St. Eras­mus. In 1329 it was en­larged at the be­hest of Robert of An­jou, who trans­formed it into a real palatium for him­self and his court. Later Span­ish viceroy Don Pe­dro de Toledo had it fur­ther for­ti­fied in 1538. Used as a mil­i­tary pri­son un­til the 1970s, in 1976 im­por­tant restora­tion work on the cas­tle be­gan, re­turn­ing it to its orig­i­nal struc­ture. Open Wed- Mon 8.3am- 7.30pm - via Tito An­gelini, 22 - T: 081.2294401 - www. polo­muse­ale­napoli. beni­cul­tur­ali. it/ museo_ se/ museo_ se. html POM­PEII AND EUROPE. NA­TURE AND HIS­TORY  1748  1943  An ex­hi­bi­tion hosted at two sites ( Museo Arche­o­logico Nazionale di Napoli and Scavi di Pom­pei) which, based on dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives, ex­plores the ef­fect that the site of Pom­peii had on Euro­pean artists, from the be­gin­ning of ex­ca­va­tions, in 1748, to the dra­matic bomb­ings in 1943. Vis­i­tors will also have a chance to ad­mire the casts of vic­tims of the erup­tion re­cently re­stored by the Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal Her­itage Depart­ment. Un­til 2 Novem­ber Museo Arche­o­logico Nazionale. Pi­azza Museo, 19, Naples. T: 0814422149 CHIESA DEL GESÙ NUOVO - Erected by the Je­suits be­tween 1584 and 1601, its façade is ac­tu­ally part of a 15th cen­tury Re­nais­sance palace. Its in­te­rior is spa­cious and light with a rich cov­er­ing of coloured mar­bles and typ­i­cal Florid Neapolitan fres­coes. Af­ter the church was rav­aged by fire in 1639, Cosimo Fan­zago was com­mis­sioned to carry out restora­tion works that gave the Church a Baroque ap­pear­ance. Its in­te­rior boasts a num­ber of mag­nif­i­cent fres­coes while its chapels fea­ture the works of renowned artists of the cal­i­bre of Mas­simo Stanzione and Giuseppe Rib­era. Par­tic­u­larly wor­thy of note are its sculp­to­rial work and poly­chrome mar­ble floor. Open Mon- Sun 7am- 12.30pm and 4pm- 7.30pm - pi­azza del Gesù - T: 081.5518613 CHIESA DI SAN DOMENICO MAG­GIORE - Charles II of An­jou be­gan the ex­ten­sive re­build­ing that pro­duced the Church of San Domenico Mag­giore. The work was done be­tween 1238 and 1324, but the church has un­der­gone ex­ten­sive mod­i­fi­ca­tions over the cen­turies, in­clud­ing one in 1670 that re­cast the struc­ture in the style of the Baroque. In the 19th cen­tury, how­ever, the church was re­stored to its orig­i­nal Gothic de­sign and is a mot­ley com­bi­na­tion of the two styles. Among the many artis­tic points of in­ter­est in the basil­ica are the fres­coed ceil­ing by Francesco Soli­mena and sculp­to­rial works, in­clud­ing the high al­tar by Cosimo Fan­zago – Open Mon­Sun 8.30am- 12- noon and 4.30pm- 7pm – pi­azza S. Domenico Mag­giore, 8 – T: 081.459188 CHIESA DI SAN FRANCESCO DI PAOLA - One of the most char­ac­ter­is­tic and fa­mous of all Neapolitan churches. Built in the mid- 19th cen­tury, its cir­cu­lar form is rem­i­nis­cent of the Pan­theon in Rome. On the ex­te­rior, un­der a mag­nif­i­cent colon­nade, you can see the stat­ues of the four cardinal virtues and the three the­o­log­i­cal virtues while, at the sides of the stair­way you will find two eques­trian stat­ues of king Fer­di­nand and his fa­ther, Charles III of Spain. Open Mon- Sat 6.45am- 12- noon and 4.30pm- 7.30pm - pi­azza del Plebisc­ito - T: 081.7645133 CITTÀ DELLA SCIENZA - The science mu­seum pride of the city, which at­tracted thou­sand of vis­i­tors ev­ery year, was al­most en­tirely de­stroyed by an ar­son attack that shook Naples, Italy and the whole world on March 4 2013. A huge loss that is al­ready be­ing reme­died with the re­con­struc­tion. The pavil­ions that at the mo­ment are avail­able are few: Science Cen­tre, Officina dei Pic­coli, Teatro Galileo 104, where it op­er­ates the co­op­er­a­tive Le Nu­v­ole, the Congress Cen­tre and the Science Store – Open Tue- Sat 9am- 3pm; Sun 10am- 5pm; closed on Mon­day – Via Coroglio, 104 - T: 081.7352424 – T: 0817352220 – www. cit­tadel­la­scienza. it COMPLESSO MONUMENTALE DI SANTA CHIARA - It in­cludes a Church, a Monastery and a Con­vent. One of the prin­ci­pal mon­u­ments of me­dieval Naples, its con­struc­tion be­gan in 1310 at the be­hest of Robert of An­jou and his sec­ond wife San­cia di Maiorca, who, both devo­tees of St. Fran­cis of As­sisi and Santa Chiara, wanted to build a Fran­cis­can

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