This church was founded by Queen Margherita of Durazzo, widow of Charles III (1386) who found herself defending the ... More
Church of Santa Marta
This church was founded by Queen Margherita of Durazzo, widow of Charles III (1386) who found herself defending the hereditary crown of her son Ladislao (still a minor) against the pretender Luigi d'Angiò. When, after years of resistance, the crown had been successfully defended, the queen had the church built and dedicated to Santa Marta (a patron saint of her homeland in Provence) as a sign of gratitude. The entrance to the church is protected by a gate in which is set a beautiful portal with an arch, inlaid with volcanic rock and marble. The two Gothic windows on the left hand side of the building are also from the Angevin period. The church was once the seat of the Collegium Disciplinatorum Sanctae Marthae - a confraternity which, during its glory days between the fifteenth and seventeenth centuries, counted various members of the royalty as well as noblemen among its number. This is recorded in the 'Codice di Santa Maria' which is kept in the Naples State Archive. The church sustained considerable damage during the Masaniello revolt in 1647. All traces of the original Baroque style vanished during the successive resorations - all that remained were a few paintings. The inside contains a single nave with three side chapels, all in late Neoclassical style - a result of restoration work carried out in the nineteenth century. The reliquaries bearing statues of the saints along the side of the nave are very evocative.
The San Gaudioso Catacombs are situated beneath the presbytery and the apse of the church of Santa Maria della Sanita.
Legend has it that after having been deprived of everything by the vandal, King Genserico, the saint, along with ...
The church of Santa Chiara was built between 1310 and 1328. The original design of the church's interior was completely
transformed by Domenico Antonio Vaccaro between 1742 and 1747 and the entire Gothic structure was covered by magnificent Baroque ...
Legend has it that the origins of this church lie in the coming of St Peter to Naples, where he
took his first mass at the altar in the atrium. This is commemorated in the painting which hangs above ...
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