"Cappella dei Pontano" Naples Off The Beaten Path Tip by leics
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It's very easy indeed to walk past this place without paying any attention. I did so, even though I'd intended to seek it out.
The Cappella dei Pontano looks rather like Roman temple from the outside, although (to be honest) not at very imposing one. It is actually a funeral monument to the wife of Giovanni Pontano, who had it built in 1492. So it is really quite an old structure for the Naples which is easily visible.
Pontano was a clever and highly-educated man: he was the chief secretary to several of Naples' rulers during his life (including Ferdinand l) . The Latin inscriptions which cover the walls were all written by him.
The chapel was restored in 1759 and 1792. To me, the exterior has a strange, blank-faced and rather 'blocky' appearance but apparently it was considered the height of architectural perfection at one time.
I couldn't go inside, as the chapel was closed when I passed by. But apparently there is a vaulted ceiling, frescoes and some beautiful floor tiling.
I can't find any information about opening times but it may be that they are the same as the adjoining church (Santa Maria all Pietrosanta). I think it will be worth a visit if you are in the area and it's open.
You'll find the Cappella dei Pontano at the extreme western end of Vis Dei Tribunali, just past Piazza Spinelli, on the right as you stand with your back in the direction of P Garibaldi.
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