Museo Cappella Sansevero
Via Francesco de Sanctis 19, Naples, 80134
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- Couples, Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, First-time travellers, Mature travellers, Art, Design and architecture, History
Expert review of Museo Cappella Sansevero
The Cappella Sansevero is actually a mausoleum created by Raimondo di Sangro, the seventh Prince of Sansevero. He commissioned the 'Christo Velato' (Veiled Christ), sculpted by Giuseppe Sanmartino, which is so realistic in its rendition of Christ (carved from a single block of stone, the body appears to be lightly draped with a veil), that Antonio Canova wanted to buy it for himself. But it's not the only wonder here. There is an underground chamber that houses the skeletons of a man and woman that appear to have had their veins and arteries preserved so that they are visible. A creepy rumour suggests that the 'victims' had not yet died before the experiment was started.
Admission is 7 euros for adults (5 euros with an Artecard); 5 euros for 10 to 25-year-olds; free for under-10s.
More information on Museo Cappella Sansevero:
- Price guide:
- Religious site
- Via Francesco de Sanctis 19, Naples, 80134
- 081 551 8470
- Months open:
- All year round
- Opening times:
- Mon, Wed-Sat 10am-5.40pm, Sun 10am-1pm.
- Free tags / Keywords:
- Canova, Sanmartino