"Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta dei Pignatelli" Chiesa Santa Maria Assunta dei Pignatelli - Church Tip by MM212

  Renaissance details - May 09
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  • Renaissance details - May 09 - Naples
      Renaissance details - May 09
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  • Baroque façade - May 09 - Naples
      Baroque fašade - May 09
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  • ancient column in its exterior - Naples
      ancient column in its exterior
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  • Interior under restoration - May 09 - Naples
      Interior under restoration - May 09
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  • Faded frescoes - Naples
      Faded frescoes
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A small Baroque church at Piazzetta Nilo, Santa Maria Assunta dei Pignatelli was commissioned by the Pignatelli family. They were of noble extraction, originally from Puglia and Sicily, and even boast Pope Innocentius XII (17th century) as their own. They built this church in the 14th century next to their namesake palazzo in central Naples, but it was renovated twice thereafter, in the 15th and 18th centuries. During these later renovations, the church gained its its Baroque fašade and Renaissance details and frescoes in its interior. One of the interesting features is an exposed ancient spiral fluted column in the exterior structure, recycled from Roman times (see attached photos). The church fell into disrepair in recent times, but it when I visited in May 09, it was undergoing a much needed restoration. Still, I was able to enter and take the attached photos of the splendid interior.

Address: Via Nilo, Spaccanapoli

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