Fodor's Expert Review Basilica Santa Maria della Sanità

Museo Archeologico Nazionale, La Sanità, and Capodimonte Church

Dominican friars commissioned this Baroque, Greek cross–shape basilica, replete with majolica-tiled dome, in the early 17th century. The church acts as a small museum of the era's Counter-Reformation art—the most flagrantly devotional school of Catholic art—and includes no less than five Luca Giordano altarpieces. Note Giovan Vincenzo Forli's 17th-century Circumcision on the left. Elsewhere, the richly decorated elevated presbytery, complete with a double staircase, provides a note of color in the mostly gray-and-white decoration. The stairs to the right of the crypt provide access to the Catacombe di San Gaudioso, with visits every hour 10 am--1 pm, which includes a visit to the Presepe Favoloso, an elaborate Nativity scene donated to the church by renowned artisans the Scuotto brothers in 2021. 


Quick Facts

Via della Sanità 124
Naples, Campania  80136, Italy


Sight Details:
Rate Includes: Catacombs €9, includes visit to nearby Catacombe di San Gennaro

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