San Giorgio Maggiore


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The original fourth-century basilica was built by St Severus (364-410), when this area of Naples was occupied by descendants of families driven out of their homes by the AD 79 eruption of Vesuvius. Severus's relics are behind the altar; his splendid marble throne is to the right of the main aisle. The vestibule, with its three Byzantine-Roman arches (at the entrance in Piazzetta Crocelle ai Mannesi), was the apse of the original basilica, and the only part that survived an earthquake in 1640. Subsequently, architect Cosimo Fanzago rotated the floorplan by 180°, placing the 17th-century apse and main altar at the opposite end of the church.

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San Giorgio Maggiore details

Via del Duomo 237A

Area Naples

Transport Bus E1, R1

Telephone 081 287932

Open 8am-noon, 5-7pm Mon-Sat; 8am-1pm Sun.

Admission free.

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