Museo Cappella Sansevero

Price guide: Mid-range

Via Francesco de Sanctis 19, Naples, 80134

Price guide: Mid-range

Museo Cappella Sansevero
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Expert review of Museo Cappella Sansevero

Visit Cappella Sansevero's 'Veiled Christ', and some spooky anatomical 'machines'.

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.

Price advice: 

Admission is 7 euros for adults (5 euros with an Artecard); 5 euros for 10 to 25-year-olds; free for under-10s.

Expert tips: 
Open late Easter Monday, May 1 and December 8.

More information on Museo Cappella Sansevero:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Religious site
Address:
Via Francesco de Sanctis 19, Naples, 80134
Telephone:
081 551 8470
Website:
http://www.museosansevero.it
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Mon, Wed-Sat 10am-5.40pm, Sun 10am-1pm.
Indoor/outdoor?:
Indoor
Free tags / Keywords:
Canova, Sanmartino

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