Chiesa di San Michele
Piazza San Nicola
Territorio: Capri, Ischia e Procida
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The church of S. Michele o del Paradiso terrestre, overlooks the charming little square of S. Nicola in Anacapri, and is part of the conventual complex that the Teresian nuns built and then renovated at the end of the seventeenth century. The beginning date of the church’s edification, started by the bishop Michele Gallo Vandeneynde, dates back to 1698; works continued until 1719, probably based on a project of Domenico Antonio Vaccaro. The church well represents the baroque style and is an important tourist attraction. The beautiful façade is divided by a horizontal frame and is full of decorations. The interiors have an octagonal plan on a greek-cross plan and include many precious stucco decorations. The most famous and extolled element certainly is the
eighteenth century floor made of majolica tiles, of the famous Leonardo Chiajese (1761) based on a design of Francesco Solimena, and that resembled the Expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise. They can be seen entirely by climbing on the organ stage. Many artworks are preserved inside the church: Paolo De Matteis “Annunciazione”, “Addolorata e Madonna del Carmine”; “Natività” and “Orazione nell’orto” of Giacomo Del Po (1708); in the apse S. Michele di Nicola Malinconico.
Opened: April-September: 9am-7pm; October-March: 10am-3pm (variabile); chiusura: 27 Novembre-8 Dicembre