"Basilica di San Paolo Maggiore" Basilica di San Paolo Maggiore Tip by MM212
Basilica di San Paolo Maggiore, Naples: 3 reviews and 9 photos
A Christian place of worship since the 8th century AD, la Basilica di San Paolo Maggiore was once the Roman Temple of the Dioscuri (Tempio dei Dioscuri). The pagan temple was built in the 1st century AD in the typical Roman temple style with Corinthian columns, overlooking the Roman Forum of Neapolis, which had previously been the Ancient Greek Agora, but is nowadays Piazza San Gaetano. In the 16th century, then crumbling, the basilica was completely reconstructed by the architects Gianbattista Cavagna and Francesco Grimaldi, who retained the fašade of the Roman temple with its row of Corinthian columns. Unfortunately, an earthquake in 1688 caused the entire ancient fašade to collapse with the exception of two columns, which still stand majestically outside the church. In the restoration following the earthquake, Francesco Solimena painted the astonishing frescoes in the sacristy (see attached photos). Unfortunately, allied bombing in WWII resulted in severe damage to the basilica, but all was restored with the exception of some of the frescoes in the nave, now forever lost.
Address: Piazza San Gaetano, Spaccanapoli
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