Basilica di San Paolo Maggiore

sights / Religious

Basilica di San Paolo Maggiore information

Location
Naples , Italy
Address
Piazza San Gaetano 76
Telephone
+390 81 45 40 48
Getting there
Bus: C55 to Via Duomo
Opening hours
9am-7pm Mon-Sat
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Despite dating to the 8th century, this glorious basilica was almost entirely rebuilt at the end of the 16th century. Its huge, gold-stuccoed interior features paintings by Massimo Stanzione and Paolo De Matteis, and a striking geometric floor by Nicola Tammaro. Top billing, however, goes to the sumptuous sacristy , lavished with luminous frescoes by baroque-meister Francesco Solimena.

Built in 1603, the double staircase adorning the basilica's main facade is the work of Francesco Grimaldi. Much older are the two columns flanking the entrance, taken from the Roman temple to Castor and Pollux that stood on the site.