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The Amalfi Coast, Capri, and Naples Sights

Pio Monte della Misericordia

  • Via Tribunali 253 Map It
  • Spaccanapoli
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 12/12/2013

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One of Spaccanapoli's defining sites, this octagonal church was built around the corner from the Duomo for a charitable institution seven noblemen founded in 1601. The institution's aim was to carry out acts of Christian charity: feeding the hungry, clothing the poor, nursing the sick, sheltering pilgrims, visiting prisoners, ransoming Christian slaves, and burying the indigent dead—acts immortalized in the history of art by Caravaggio's famous altarpiece depicting the

Sette Opere della Misericordia (Seven Acts of Mercy). In this haunting work the artist has brought the Virgin, borne atop the shoulders of two angels, down into the streets of Spaccanapoli (scholars have suggested a couple of plausible locations) populated by figures in whose spontaneous and passionate movements the people could see themselves. The original church was considered too small and was destroyed in 1655 to make way for a new church, designed by Antonio Picchiatti and built between 1658 and 1678. Pride of place is given to the great Caravaggio above the altar, but there are other important baroque-era paintings on view here. Some hang in the church—among them seven other works of mercy depicted individually by Caravaggio acolytes—while other works, including a wonderful self-portrait by Luca Giordano, are in the adjoining pinacoteca (picture gallery).

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Via Tribunali 253, Naples, 80139, Italy

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Sight Details:

  • €6, includes audio guide
  • Daily 9–2

Updated 12/12/2013


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