Chiesa di San Domenico Maggiore

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Chiesa di San Domenico Maggiore information

Location
Naples , Italy
Address
Piazza San Domenico Maggiore 8a
Telephone
+390 81 45 91 88
Getting there
Metro: Dante
Opening hours
8.30am-noon & 4-7pm Mon-Sat, 9am-1pm & 4.30-7.15pm Sun
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Completed in 1324 on the orders of Charles I of Anjou, this was the royal church of the Angevins. Of the few 14th-century remnants surviving this church's countless makeovers, the frescoes by Pietro Cavallini in the Cappella Brancaccio take the cake. The sacristy is equally noteworthy, featuring a beautiful ceiling fresco by Francesco Solimena and 45 coffins of Aragon princes and other nobles.

In the Cappellone del Crocifisso, the 13th-century Crocifisso tra La Vergine e San Giovanni is said to have spoken to St Thomas Aquinas, asking him: 'Bene scripsisti di me , Thoma; quam recipies a me pro tu labore mercedem ?' (You've written good things about me, Thomas, what will you get in return?) – 'Domine, non aliam nisi te ' (Nothing if not you, O Lord), Thomas replied diplomatically. Curiously enough, the first bishop of New York, Richard Luke Concanen (1747–1810), is also buried here.