Gesù Nuovo

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Piazza Gesù Nuovo, Naples

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Expert overall rating:4.1 out of 5
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Expert review of Gesù Nuovo

Treasures abound where a doctor once worked miracles.

As well as the splendours within the Gesù Nuovo, the rather drab looking diamond-shaped stonework exterior recently revealed Renaissance engravings of letters relating to a musical score that follows a Gregorian chant. Once inside you'll be wowed by the wonderful barrel-vaulted ceiling along with frescoes and paintings by such luminaries as Ribera, Giordano and Solimena, and marbles by the likes of Fanzago. In the chapel, look out for the walls of ex-votos that were gathered by those who were hoping that a miracle-working doctor could help to heal them of their ailments: the ex-votos (offerings) refer to the particular part of the body that the sufferer wanted healed: heart, leg, foot. The healing Dr Giuseppe Moscati, who died in 1927, became Naples' newest saint.

Expert tips: 
Look out for the statue of Dr Moscati.
Renaissance letters read from right to left, bottom to top.

More information on Gesù Nuovo:

Price guide:
Free
Type:
Religious site
Address:
Piazza Gesù Nuovo, Naples
Telephone:
081 557 81111
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Daily 7am-12.30pm, 4-7pm.
Indoor/outdoor?:
Indoor

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