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Cappella Sansevero, Naples: 5 reviews and 9 photos

  The Veiled Christ
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It’ a small private chapel, located in the heart of Naple’s historical centre, built at the end of 16th century, Eccentric Prince Raimondo de Sangro is associated with the chapel. The prince was an alchemist and man of science who lived in the 18th century; his personality is transfused in many artistic, architectural and scientific elements of the Chapel. Here you can admire sculptural masterpieces of the 17th and 18th centuries, including the “Disinganno” by Queirolo, the “Pudicizia” by Corradini, but the most famous is the “Cristo Velato” (Veiled Christ) by Sammartino, who created this alabaster figure beneath a marble veil: it’s a work of breathtaking technical virtuosity.
In the crypt, under the Chapel, there are the mysterious anatomical machines, two perfect replicas of human circulatory system, with the entire system of blood veins and arteries and with some organs, perfectly preserved. According to a legend the anatomical machines are the result of a gruesome experiment that the prince made on two of his servants, a man and a woman (who was pregnant): he gave them a poison which transformed their blood in marble.
PRICE: 5 euros
OPENING HOURS: 10,00-20,00 (You can enter until 20 minutes before the closing)
During Christmas period:
24-25-26-31 December h. 10,00-13,30
1 Jenuary closed
6 Jenuary h.10,00-13,00
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Address: Via Francesco de Sanctis n.19
Directions: By car: take the motorway tangenziale and exit at Capodimonte
By metro: Montesanto stop. From metro to here there are 15 minutes of walk.

Phone: +39 0815518470
Website: http://www.museosansevero.it

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jun 3, 2005
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