Naples Cathedral

Naples, Italy

The present Naples cathedral was commissioned by King Charles I of Anjou. Construction continued during the reign of his successor, Charles II (1285-1309) and was completed in the early 14th century under Robert of Anjou. It was built on the foundations of two palaeo-Christian basilicas, whose traces can still be clearly seen. Underneath the building excavations have revealed Greek and Roman artifacts. The Archbishop's Palace adjoins the cathedral.

The main attraction of the interior is the Royal Chapel of the Treasure of San Gennaro, with frescoes by Domenichino and Giovanni Lanfranco, altarpieces by Domenichino, Massimo Stanzione and Jusepe Ribera, the rich high altar by Francesco Solimena, the bronze railing by Cosimo Fanzago and other artworks, including a reliquary by 14th-century French masters.

Other artworks include an Assumption by Pietro Perugino, canvasses by Luca Giordano and the palaeo-Christian baptistery, with mosaics from the 4th century. The main chapel is a restoration of the 18th century, with a Baroque relief by Pietro Bracci. The Minutolo Chapel, mentioned in Boccaccio's Decameron, has 14th-century frescoes.

The crypt is by the Lombard Tommaso Malvito. The façade was reworked by Enrico Alvino in the late 19th century, but retains the 15th century portal, including some sculptures by Tino da Camaino.

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Via Duomo 147, Naples, Italy
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Founded: 13th century
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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Gregory Van Hamme (15 months ago)
Beautiful and imposing interior, clean and restored. Wheelchair accessible
Alex Klyanchin (15 months ago)
Beautiful place! A lot of details in the decorations, so you can spent a lot of time examining them.
György Katona (15 months ago)
It looks very nice. It is monumentalistic. You need to see that place.
Jason Tan (15 months ago)
Really beautiful and opulent church Honestly not really my style but very nice to see..
Iuri Sereno Matsuura (16 months ago)
Beautiful Cathedral. The golden doors made it even more special on our visit. Sadly it was already closed.
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