Duomo - Cathedral AND Museo del Tesoro di San Gennaro

The incredible façade of the Cathedral.

The incredible façade of the Cathedral.

The importance of this Cathedral is immense for the city, not only for its historical and artistic influence, but for its importance to the Neapolitan way of life.  The construction of the church was completed in 1313 in the Gothic style, however during the following centuries it has been subjected to many alterations with its final changes completed in the New Gothic style in 1905. The stunning interior reflects these changes.  The gothic arches were decorated by Luca Giordano, as was the wooden ceiling with paintings of the Stories of Christ and the Virgin. The result is grand and breathtaking.  In the Cathedral it is also possible to find paintings by many important artists not only Neapolitan, like Francesco Solimena, but also from all over Italy, like Giorgio Vasari (here he painted the two doors of the sixteenth century organ with the Nativity Sung by David and the Seven Patron Saints of Naples) and Perugino, Marco Pino, and the sculptor Pietro Bernini.  

The San Gennaro Chapel.

The San Gennaro Chapel.

San Gennaro Chapel. 

San Gennaro Chapel. 

However, the most important part of the Cathedral is the Chapel of the Treasure of San Gennaro, patron saint of Napoli, with frescoes by Domenichino, paintings by Jusepe de Ribera and sculptures by Cosimo Fanzgo.  It is here, where every year takes place the miracle of San Gennaro's blood.  It is really worth visiting the museum of the Treasure of San Gennaro just next door to the Cathedral, which contains the biggest and oldest collection of treasures in the world after the Her Majestys Crown Jewels in the Tower of London.

The central nave.

The central nave.

Details of the pillars.

Details of the pillars.

The altarpiece Our Lady of Assumption by Perugino.

The altarpiece Our Lady of Assumption by Perugino.

Reliquary.

Reliquary.

Details of the reliquary.

Details of the reliquary.

The entrance to the Museum is on the right side of the Cathedral.

The entrance to the Museum is on the right side of the Cathedral.

Official website: Duomo

Via Duomo 149 -  80138 Napoli

Tel.: +39 081 449 097 / Museum:  +39 081 294 980 Mobile: +39 338 336 17 71 - +39 334 15 802 50  

Email: info@museosangennaro.com / prenotazioni@museosangennaro.it

Cathedral - Free entry

Tickets for the Museo del Tesoro di San Gennaro - € 6 

Opening hours:

Cathedral:  Mon - Sat 08.30 - 12.30, evening 16.30 - 19.00 / Sun 08.00 - 13.30, evening 17.00 - 19.30

Museum:  Mon - Fri 09.00 - 17.00 / Sat - Sun and holidays 09.00 - 18.30

Nearest metro station:  Linea 1 - CAVOUR