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Museo Cappella Sansevero (Sansevero Chapel Museum)

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The dazzling funerary chapel of the Sangro di Sansevero princes combines noble swagger, overwhelming color, and a touch of the macabre—which is to say, it expresses Naples perfectly. The chapel was begun in 1590 by Prince Giovan Francesco di Sangro to fulfill a vow to the Virgin if he were cured of a dire illness. The seventh Sangro di Sansevero prince, Raimondo, had the building modified in the mid-18th century and is generally credited for its current baroque styling, whose noteworthy elements include the splendid marble-inlay floor. A larger-than-life figure, Prince Raimondo was popularly believed to have signed a pact with the devil allowing him to plumb nature's secrets. He commissioned the young sculptor Giuseppe Sammartino to create numerous works, including the chapel's centerpiece: the remarkable Veiled Christ, which has a seemingly transparent marble veil some say was produced using a chemical formula provided by the prince. If you have the stomach for it, take a look in the crypt, where some of the anatomical experiments conducted by the prince are gruesomely displayed.

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  • Address: Via Francesco de Sanctis 19, off Vicolo Domenico Maggiore, Spaccanapoli, Naples, 80134 | Map It
  • Phone: 081/5518470
  • Cost: €7/€5 with Artecard
  • Hours: Mon. and Wed.–Sat. 10–5:40, Sun. 10–1:10
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  • Subway: Dante
  • Location: Naples
Updated: 12-12-2013

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    The beauty will make you cry....for real

    The entire chapel is incredible by itself, but the famous sculpture of the Veiled Christ will make you cry it is so beuatiful. Literally, tears formed in my eyes. This site to visit in Naples is so underrated its criminal, but doent miss it or you will miss something that will stay with you forever. When you see art in its true and perfect state, it changes you. See the Capella Sansevero. It will change you.

    by clementine31129, 9/15/07
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    Its a little jewel in the heart of Napoli

    A must see, one of the most interesting atraction in Napoli

    by Frasi, 11/22/07

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