Certosa di San Martino

Naples, Italy

The Certosa di San Martino is a former monastery complex and now a museum. Along with Castel Sant'Elmo that stands beside it, this is the most visible landmark of the city, perched atop the Vomero hill that commands the gulf. A Carthusian monastery, it was finished and inaugurated under the rule of Queen Joan I in 1368. It was dedicated to St. Martin of Tours. During the first half of the 16th century it was expanded. Later, in 1623, it was further expanded and became, under the direction of architect Cosimo Fanzago, essentially the structure one sees today.

In the early 19th century, under French rule the monastery was closed and was abandoned by the religious order. Today, the buildings house a museum with a display of Spanish and Bourbon era artifacts, as well as displays of the presepe—Nativity scene—considered to be among the finest in the world.

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Founded: 1368
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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Mihail Minchev (3 months ago)
Great place to visit when in Naples. Worth the climb of all the stairs to get there from the city center.
Nathan Jones (3 months ago)
There was a woman practicing opera scales in the courtyard when we visited on a Saturday morning. The sound was otherworldly.
Laurent Gosselin Arcouet (3 months ago)
Not worth the trip. Basilica is beautiful but the art collecting is disappointing. Its high point is the crib.
Andreas Günther (4 months ago)
The most beautiful view on naples+a bewitching giant Christmas crib.
Vito Abbruzzese (11 months ago)
It's just the perfect place to enjoy the beautiful art of Naples across centuries and appreciate a beautiful landscape from the top of the hill of Vomero when your mood is blue!
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