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Modelled after the Pantheon of Rome, la Basilica di San Francesco di Paola was commissioned by King Ferdinando I upon the restoration of the Bourbon Monarchy, immediately following the end of the "French Decade". The Neoclassical basilica was designed by the Swiss architect, Pietro Bianchi, and completed in 1824 on the site of the convent of San Francesco di Paola (hence the name of the church). The convent had been demolished in 1809 by the French King Gioacchino (Joachim) Murat, brother-in-law of Napoléon, to make room for the grand piazza opposite Palazzo Reale, which was to become the city's main square, then called Largo di Palazzo. The architect, Leopoldo Laperuta, was appointed to design the semicircular colonnade which flanks the basilica. Although the French decade ended and the square's name changed to Piazza del Plebiscito, Gioacchino's plans have survived: the spacious piazza has become one of the most important in the city where public celebrations and take place.
Address: Piazza Plebiscito
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