"Chiesa di San Giorgio Maggiore" Chiesa di San Giorgio Maggiore - Church Tip by MM212

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Of Paleo-Christian origin dating back to the 4th century AD, la Chiesa di San Giorgio Maggiore was almost completely rebuilt by the architect, Cosimo Fanzago, after a fire in the 17th century. In its reconstruction, the orientation of the church was completely reversed such that the arched apse thereafter served as the entrance. In fact, the apse-turned-entrance is the only survivor from the original church and has conserved the ancient brickwork, arches and Corinthian columns. When it was first built, the church was dedicated to San Severo, but in the 9th century, it was rededicated to San Giorgio Maggiore. The 17th century reconstruction transformed the church into a Baroque/Neoclassical edifice, and in the late 19th century, the church entirely lost a nave in the urban planning that required the widening of Via Duomo. The interior of the church contains some frescoes by the renown artist, Francesco Solimena.

Address: Via Duomo 237, Spaccanapoli
Website: http://www.comune.napoli.it/flex/cm/pages/ServeBLOB.php/L/EN/IDPagina/17421

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  • Written Mar 17, 2010
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