Naples Cathedral: A Stunning Mix of Various Architectural Styles

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The city of Naples is fantastic! Its Old Town has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995. Among the most impressive buildings of the historic district is the Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary, or Naples Cathedral. This Roman Catholic church houses the city's oldest basilica and a vial of Saint Januarius' blood.


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I don't believe in religious miracles. My visit to the Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary in Naples has another motive: historic Roman Catholic churches in Europe fascinate me for their stunning architecture. The Naples Cathedral is a part of the city's artistic, cultural, and historical heritage; seeing it was an unforgettable experience for me.


Naples Cathedral in Photos

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The church's Neo-Gothic façade

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Carved and gilded wood ceiling with paintings depicting biblical scenes

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The church's interior

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Main altar

The Church's Brief History


King Robert of Anjou built the Naples Cathedral on the foundations of two ancient basilicas, Santa Restituta and Stephanie, in the 14th century. The demolished latter made way for the new structure; the Basilica of St. Restituta now serves as a side chapel. The building complex has been restored several times over the last centuries, resulting in the stunning appearance it has today.


Architecture


The Naples Cathedral is an excellent blend of architectural styles, including Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and Neo-Gothic. The Latin cross-shaped church features a hall divided into three naves, ten side chapels (five on each side), altars, and funerary monuments. The aisles have a cross vault with Baroque ornamentation. The Neo-Gothic façade was built in the 19th century and features three portals.


Basilica of St. Restituta


The Basilica of St. Restituta, the oldest in Naples, dates from the early Christian era and has an entrance in the Cathedral's left nave. After the earthquake of 1456, it became a chapel as part of the building complex built by the Roman Emperor Constantine I. The 17th century saw restoration work in the Baroque style. Even 27 ancient Greek columns, outstanding mosaics, and a spectacular ceiling characterize the basilica's internal space. Beneath the structure is a Greek wall from the temple of Apollo.


How to Get There


The Cathedral stands approximately 1.5 kilometers (1 mile) from Napoli Centrale train station.

Address: Via Duomo, 147, 80138 Napoli NA, Italy


By Public Transportation:

Bus (lines 147, 182, 184, 201, 584, 650, 667, 684): Foria - Metropolitana

Metro (line 2): Napoli Piazza Cavour

Train (line MET): Napoli Piazza Cavour


Where to Stay in Naples


Booking.com offers a wide range of lodging options, various discounts, and exceptional customer service. For a list of places to stay in Naples, click here.


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Historical Naples Tour: Origin, Cults & Legends


The Historical Naples Tour is a great way to see the Cathedral of Naples, learn about the city's culture, and have an authentic espresso while strolling through the old part of the city.


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