Duomo di Napoli
Via Duomo 147, 80318
- Tel. + 39 081 449065 - 081 449097
Dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption, even if commonly to San Gennaro, the Cathedral was built by Charles II of Anjou towards the end of the 13th cnetury on the ground, where the Church of S. Stefania used to stand, near the Basilica di S. Restituta. The Duomo was re-arranged various times. The façade was restored with its current pseudo-gothic shapes byb E. Alvino and later modified by Pisanti. It preserves three portals of the original construction: on the middle one, rich in sculptures, A Madonna col Bambino by Tino da Camaino and the column-bearing lions of Nicola Pisano’s school. The Latin cross interior has three naves: the middle on, covered by a palatial wooden ceiling, presents the paintings of L.Giordano. In the right nave there’s the Cappella di San Gennaro o del Tesoro (1608-37), built after the vow of the Neapolitans, made on the 13 January 1527( S.Gennaro’s feast) to avert the damages of the plague. The Greek cross Chapel with the elegant and bright cupola, full of art works, is considered a separate Church and it represents one of the greatest expressions of the 17th century style in Naples: it preserves the reliquary bust of S.Gennaro by Giulio Finelli, a Gothic sculpture masterpiece.
Opening hours of the Duomo: MON-SAT 8-12:3am0/4:40-7pm; SUN 8-13:30am/5-7:30pm; opening hours of the archaeological area: MON-FRI 9-12am/4:40-7pm; SAT-SUN 9-12:30am.