Duomo di Napoli, Naples

Duomo di Napoli, Naples (must see)

Duomo di Napoli is the principal church of Naples and the seat of its Archbishop. It is dedicated to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary although it is popularly believed to be dedicated to the Patron Saint of Naples, Saint Januarius.

The Duomo stands on the site of two earlier Paleochristian churches that date back to 570 AD and is built in the shape of a Latin cross. The roof is supported by 110 ancient granite columns and the interiors are richly decorated with gold leaf, mosaic and marble. The popular attraction within the church is the chapel of the Treasure of St. Januarius with frescoes and altarpieces by some of the best known religious artists of the time. The Duomo is also famous for the "miracle of the blood". It houses a vial of Saint Januarius' blood that is brought out for public viewing on the first Saturday of May and on the 19th of September annually. If the blood liquefies, it is said to be a sign of good fortune, but if the blood remains dry, it is believed that some disaster will occur in Naples that year.

Why You Should Visit:
To see three basilicas gathered in one; from the French-style gothic to the Spanish-style Baroque and the Paleochristian/Byzantine.
Amazing Italian marble works and pietra-dura mosaics everywhere, and the collection of silver statues and busts of saints is absolutely amazing.

Tip:
The stairs beneath the altar take you to a crypt with the relics of St. Gennaro, the patron saint of Naples.
They have clean bathrooms inside, but be sure to bring your change to pay the small fee.

Opening Hours:
[Duomo] Mon-Sat: 8am-12:30pm / 4:30-7pm; Sun: 8am-1:30pm / 5-7:30pm
[Museum] Tue-Sat: 9:30am-5pm; Sun, Holidays: 9:30am-2pm

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Duomo di Napoli on Map

Sight Name: Duomo di Napoli
Sight Location: Naples, Italy
Sight Type: Religious
Guide(s) containing this sight: City Orientation Walk   Religious Sites Walking Tour in Naples  

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