"Church of S. Michele Arcangelo" Capri Favorite Tip by iandsmith

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  • Wow, how good is that? - Capri
      Wow, how good is that?
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  • Church of San Michele Arcangelo - Capri
      Church of San Michele Arcangelo
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  • Stairway to the top - Capri
      Stairway to the top
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  • The classic altar - Capri
      The classic altar
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  • Close up of the tiles - Capri
      Close up of the tiles
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Favorite thing: (known also as Church of the Earthly Paradise)-Anacapri.
The building was designed around a central lay-out with a cupola and an octagonal floor-plan fanning out into six radial niches with apses. The Church preserves original baroque altars in painted wood and a choir (also in wood) positioned over the vestibule at the entrance.
Built in 1719, the church was most probably designed by Domenico Antonio Vaccaro as part of a convent which was subsequently demolished. The extraordinary tiled pavement depicting the Expulsion of Adam and Eve was created in 1761 in Naples by Leonardo Chiaiese, a tilemaker from the Abruzzo region, following the design of Francesco Solimena.
The building was the inspiration of Serafina Mother of God, religious founder of the Convent of the island's already attached church Teresa, and she had decided to restructure.
To ensure the construction of the new church the bishop of Capri, Michael Gallo Vandenejnde, belonging to the Neapolitan nobility, came and decided to be buried here, as evidenced by an inscription in marble which is located behind the main altar.

Fondest memory: It's not something you see everyday. This tiled pavement will rivet your gaze as you walk around the boardwalk to view it but, may I let you know before you walk in there, the best is yet to come.
The view from above (there's a narrow spiral staircase to ascend (pic 3)) is even better and the lighting much more in harmony with the scene.
One tends to get "churched out" in Italy but this is one so different to anything else you've ever seen I recommend you go take a look.

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  • Updated Dec 9, 2009
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