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"San Domenico Maggiore" Top 5 Page for this destination Piazza San Domenico Tip by ruki

Piazza San Domenico, Naples: 14 reviews and 26 photos


The church was built in 1283 by King Charles II of Angevin, and is part of the largest and wealthiest group of convent buildings in the city. It is the spiritual home of the Dominican Order in the Kingdom of Naples, as well as the seat of the Parthenopean University. In the past, religious people lived in an old convent in the area. The 'San Michele Arcangelo a Morfisa' church (probably built in the tenth century, eventually to become the side chapel of a new edifice) bears witness to its existence. The main entrance to the church can be found in the courtyard of a palace in the Vico San Domenico. There is a beautiful fourteenth century portal with jambs in various styles, decorated with precious tesseras in polychrome marble, as well as two Renaissance chapels and an eighteenth century pronaos beneath a nineteenth century mullioned window. You will find a gamut of styles, representing successive periods of history and architecture. A Baroque bell can be found on the façade. The polygonal apse juts out onto the Piazza San Domenica. Upon entering through a marble portal created in the sixteenth century, you will be able to walk straight up to the altar - on the left you will see a flight of stairs at the entrance to the old nucleus of the San Michele Arcangelo a Morfisa church. The interior of the church is typical of a Gothic church bulit during the Angevin period in Naples: three naves with a transept and a polygonal apse.

Address: Piazza San Domenico Maggiore, 8a, Naples, 80134
Phone: +39 081 459298

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  • Written Aug 21, 2005
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