"San Lorenzo Maggiore - Museo" Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore Tip by MM212

Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore, Naples: 20 reviews and 89 photos

  Renaissance frescoes, Gothic arch, ancient column
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Much like other major basilicas in Naples, San Lorenzo Maggiore comes with its own religious complex, including a convent and cloister. The complex we have today is mostly from an 18th century reconstruction, but it preserves not only Mediaeval Gothic sections but also subterranean Graeco-Roman ruins, all of which are now open to the public as a fascinating museum exposing the ancient ruins and displaying other works of art. The ruins come in layers, the oldest of which date back to the 4th century BC and are of the Greek agora. Later ruins are from the 1st century AD and belong to the Roman Forum, and higher up still are remains the 6th century Paleo-Christian basilica that preceded la Basilica di San Lorenzo Maggiore. On ground level is the Baroque cloister, with its interesting well topped by a statue carved by Cozimo Fanzago. The cloister leads into a Mediaeval Gothic hall, whose vaulted ceilings rest on ancient columns and are painted with colourful Renaissance period frescoes.

Address: Piazza San Gaetano, Spaccanapoli
Phone: 081 290580

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  • Updated Mar 26, 2010
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