Chiesa del Gesù Nuovo

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Chiesa del Gesù Nuovo information

Location
Naples , Italy
Address
Piazza del Gesù Nuovo
Telephone
+390 81 551 86 13
Getting there
Metro: Dante
Opening hours
7.15am-12.45pm & 4-8pm Mon-Sat, 7am-2pm & 4-9pm Sun
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The extraordinary Chiesa del Gesù Nuovo is an architectural Kinder Surprise. Its shell is the 15th-century, Giuseppe Valeriani–designed facade of Palazzo Sanseverino, converted to create the 16th-century church. Inside, piperno-stone sobriety gives way to a gob-smacking blast of baroque that could make the Vatican blush: a vainglorious showcase for the work of top-tier artists such as Francesco Solimena, Luca Giordano and Cosimo Fanzago.

The church is the final resting place of much-loved local saint Giuseppe Moscati (1880–1927), a doctor who served the city's poor. Adjacent to the right transept, the Sale di San Giuseppe Moscati (Rooms of St Joseph Moscati) include a recreation of the great man's study, complete with the armchair in which he died. Scan the walls for ex-votos, gifts offered by the faithful for miracles purportedly received.

The church flanks the northern side of beautiful Piazza del Gesù Nuovo , a favourite late-night hang-out for students and lefties. At its centre soars Giuseppe Genuino's lavish Guglia dell'Immacolata , an obelisk built between 1747 and 1750. On 8 December, the Feast of the Immacolata, firemen scramble up to the top to place a wreath of flowers at the Virgin Mary's feet.