Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Naples, churches and cathedral

We had a morning in Naples before we took the train to Florence, so we headed off to find the Cathedral.

En route, we came across some other lovely churches, including the Church and Convent on the Gerolamini, built in 1592 directly opposite the baroque Cathedral...

... and San Domenico Maggiore with its fancy obelisk (begun in 1656 to celebrate the end of the plague), topped by a statue of St. Dominic, who founded the church’s order.

Built in the 14th century by the Anjou kings of France, Naples cathedral has a neo-Gothic facade, but a mix of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque inside, with two side chapels that are major churches in their own right. I particularly liked the baptismal font, which I think is made of porphyry, decorated with Bacchic masks. I wonder if church officials noticed? 

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