Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Anime del Purgatorio ad Arco
via Tribunali n. 39
- Tel. +39 081 5519547
It’s one of the most representative Baroque churches of the historical centre, built in the XVII century, in the heat of the Counter-Reformation. A cult place for the faithful in search of a spiritual elevation, who stopped here after the meditatio mortis, with a view on the underground cemetery, the underground vault, preserving graves and bones. The façade with funerary decorations, skulls and bronze crossed shin-bones, was probably designed by the architect Cosimo Fanzago, while the portal by the sculptor Giuseppe de Marino. He interior, a unique nave with a reduced transept and lateral chapels, is full of light and enriched by ornamental friezes and coloured marbles behind the altar realized by the creative talent of Dionisio Lazzari. It also preserves many excellent art works like the S. Alessio moribondo by Luca Giordano, the Madonna e le anime purganti by Massimo Stanzione and the Monumento Sepolcrale di Giulio Mastrilli (among the church’s benefactor) by Andrea Vaccaro.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10am-1pm. Inside are also visitable the Museo dell'Opera and Ipogeo