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Museo Cappella Sansevero, Naples

Museo Cappella Sansevero, Naples (must see)

The Museo Cappella Sansevero has works by leading 18th-century artists and a unique anatomical exhibit. It was once the funerary chapel of the Sansevero family and lies within the grounds of their residence.

The Cappella Sansevero was built in 1590 by John Francesco di Sangro, Duke of Torremaggiore in gratitude for recovering from a serious illness. It was converted in 1613 as the family burial chapel by Alessandro di Sangro. Prince Raimondo di Sangro of Sansevero remodeled the funerary chapel in the 18th century to house his collection of art and unique objects. Until 1888, his residence and the chapel were connected by a passage. He was also an inventor and alchemist. Many of the works in the museum are made with a marble-like substance created by him.

The Museo Cappella Sansevero has over 30 valuable pieces of art. The ceiling fresco called Glory of Paradise was painted by Francesco Maria Russo. The marble-like substance was used to create the Cristo Velato or veiled Christ and the Pudicizia depicting a veiled woman on the tomb of Raimondo’s mother by Giuseppe Sanmartino. The Madonna con Bambino, a painting in the basement by artist Giuseppe Pesce is worked using specially created wax paints invented by Raimondo. The popular exhibits are two human skeletons located in the crypt of the chapel. One is of a male and another of a pregnant female with perfectly preserved circulatory systems.

Why You Should Visit:
The "Veiled Christ" is by far one of the most unusual sculptures of Jesus you'll ever see, but there are even more interesting pieces found downstairs.

Tip:
Be prepared to queue as this is understandably a very popular attraction; however, very well worth the wait to see some amazing sculptures.
Be focused on what you want to see as the visits are restricted to 30 minutes, which is not long! And don't forget to book a time slot prior.

Opening Hours:
Wed-Fri, Sun, Mon: 9am–7pm; Sat: 9am–8:30pm (May-Dec)
Last entry 30 mins before closing time

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Sight Name: Museo Cappella Sansevero
Sight Location: Naples, Italy
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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