Complesso Monumentale dei Girolamini

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Complesso Monumentale dei Girolamini information

Naples , Italy
Via Duomo 142
+390 333 4338049
Getting there
Bus: C55 to Via Duomo
adult/reduced €5/2.50
Opening hours
8.30am-7pm Mon, Tue, Thu & Fri, to 2pm Sat & Sun
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The Chiesa dei Girolamini features two facades, the more imposing of which is the 18th-century one facing Piazza dei Girolamini on Via dei Tribunali. Inside, disrepair is redeemed by numerous baroque delights, among them frescoes by Francesco Solimena and a pair of monumental marble angels by 18th-century sculptor Giuseppe Sanmartino, considered his finest works beyond his Cristo velato (Veiled Christ). The adjacent 17th-century convent features two beautiful cloisters and a small gallery with 16th- to 18th-century works by Neapolitan masters.

The sprawling 16th-century complex is also home to the Biblioteca dei Girolamin i (Girolamini Library). Dating back to 1586, it's the oldest library in Naples and the second oldest in Italy. In 2013, the library made world headlines after its director, Marino Massimo De Caro, was indicted for looting its rare, precious collection of books. Sadly, the library is currently closed to the public.