Santi Apostoli Church

Naples, Italy

Santi Apostoli is a Baroque-style church in Naples. Legend holds that a church at the site was built atop a Temple of Mercury by Emperor Constantine. Restored by the Caracciolo Family, it was ceded in 1570 to the Theatine Order. By 1590, the adjacent cloister and monastery was designed by Francesco Grimaldi. In the early 17th century was reconstructed by Giacomo Conforti. In 1638, the work was continued by Bartolomeo Picchiatti. In the 19th century, the Theatine order was suppressed and the church turned over in administrations. An earthquake damaged the dome. The church now belongs to the Liceo Artistico Statale di Napoli.

The counter-facade and ceiling panels were frescoed by Giovanni Lanfranco in the 1640s. The panels contain the following depictions: a Martyrdom of Apostles Simone e Giuda; a Martyrdom of St Thomas Apostle; a Martyrdom of St Bartholomew; a Martyrdom of St Matthew; a Martyrdom of St John Evangelist; a Glory of the ApostlesVirtueProphetsPatriarchs, and finally the four Evangelists on the pendentives of the dome.

The cupola has a large fresco depicting Paradise (1684) by Giovanni Battista Benasca, who also painted the frescoes in the chapel of St Michael. This chapel has a painting by Marco da Siena The lunnettes in this chapel were painted by Giordano and Solimena. Over the main door is a painting of the Healing Pool by Viviani. The main altar was designed by Fuga. In the choir are five canvases by Solimena. The altar in the Filomarina Chapel at the right of the main altar, was designed (1647) by Borromini. The chapel has mosaics made by Giovanni Battista Calandra and copied from paintings by Reni. The relief on the altar of the four evangelist symbols is by François Duquesnoy, and two marble lions are by Giuliano Finelli. The sacristy was built in 1626 using designs of Ferdinando Sanfelice. The crypt was frescoed by Belisario Corenzio.



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Founded: 16th century
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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Ileana Zito (2 months ago)
Wonderful… it left me speechless not to mention the underground church with the tomb of the apostles Philip and James
Francesco Pascotto (5 months ago)
Wonderful church in the heart of Naples. One of the many hidden treasures of this extraordinary city that never ceases to amaze and surprise. Too bad for the state a bit of neglect. The ceiling, the vault, are full of beautiful frescoes that are peeling more and more. A net has been put in place to protect visitors. A restoration should be done. Potentially 5 stars but due to this neglect, 4 stars. Still worth a visit.
Ciro Bruno (8 months ago)
Un gioiello ma tenuto molto male
Sandro Ianniello (9 months ago)
Ridiculous pastor I do not recommend this church to anyone
Paolo Mercadante (9 months ago)
A magical place, often closed to the public (it is not a parish). A hidden masterpiece of Naples
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