MON­U­MENTS & PLACES OF IN­TER­EST

Where Naples Coast & Islands - - Museums & Attractions -

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 Mon- Sat 10am - 5.40pm; Sun and pub­lic hol­i­days 10am- 1pm - 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 for­tifi cations. 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 for­tifi cations and ter­race off er a breathtaking view over the gulf – Open Mon- Sat 8am- 7pm, Sun 8am- 2pm – 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 fi rst 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 for­tifi ed 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 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 fi re in 1639, Cosimo Fan­zago was com­mis­sioned to carry out restora­tion works that gave the Church a Baroque ap­pear­ance. Its in­te­rior boasts a num­ber of mag­nifi cent 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 fl oor. Open Mon- Sun 7am- 12.30pm and 4pm7.30pm - 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 mod­ifi cations over the cen­turies, in­clud­ing one in 1670 that re­cast the struc­ture in the

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