Fodor's Expert Review Basilica Santa Maria della Sanità

Museo Archeologico Nazionale, La Sanita, and Nearby Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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 provide access to the recently restored Catacombe di San Gaudioso, with visits every hour 10 am–1 pm.

Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Quick Facts

Via della Sanità 124
Naples, Campania  80136, Italy


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

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