Mystic Cappella Sansevero

Cappella Sansevero is a rather mysterious place.

Must-Do's Naples Published on 3 August 2018

Once the burial chapel of a noble Neapolitan family, the chapel contains paintings and sculptures like no other in the world. For example, you can admire Raimondo’s baroque statues, made of a substance similar to marble which Raimondo himself invented. Among tens of sculptures and paintings, legend has it a Virgin Mary appeared to rescue an innocent prisoner.

Hyper-realism in Veiled Christ

Some say that the view of Giuseppe Sanmartino’s Veiled Christ, or Cristo Velato, is worth a visit to Naples basically by itself. Without a doubt, no other sculpture was ever made in such detail and profundity. The particular of the veil covering Christ’s dead body is so realistic that specialists debated for years whether it’s actually made of marble. Well, it is!

 

Bookings and more info on the official website.

Time to Explore: About 1.5 hour.

Top Tips: The chapel gets very hot in Summer. Carry a hand fan.

What’s Close? Spaccanapoli, San Gregorio Armeno, Piazza del Plebiscito, Museum of the Treasure of San Gennaro, Napoli Sotterranea, Naples Harbour.

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