San Pietro ad Aram


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In the first century AD, the sea almost reached the current site of the Stazione Centrale, lapping against what would later become the estates of the convent of San Pietro ad Aram. It was here, according to local legend, that St Peter was driven ashore by a storm that stopped him from reaching Pozzuoli in AD 44. Undaunted, Peter seized the opportunity to convert Asprenus (who became the first bishop of Naples) and Candida, both of whom were eventually canonised. Although there is no evidence St Peter ever came to Naples, a cult celebrating his presence here was born and inspired centuries of restorations and expansions to his church. Inside the church is the altar where St Peter is said to have performed mass. The crypt (currently closed), possibly an ancient church itself, is a site of local worship of the souls of the dead. Today's complex is the product of 17th-century restorations and the demolition of two great cloisters to make way for the Rettifilo.

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San Pietro ad Aram details

Corso Umberto I 292

Area Naples

Transport Metro Garibaldi/bus R2

Telephone 081 266055

Open Church 8.15-11.30am, 5-7.30pm Mon-Fri; 7am-1pm Sun. Crypt closed for restoration.

Admission free.