Pio Monte della Misericordia

The entrance to the museum and the church is on the side.

The entrance to the museum and the church is on the side.

Facing the Cathedral on the right side, at the very end of via dei Tribunali, there is Pio Monte della Misericordia, the institution of mercy and charity started in 1601 by a group of Neapolitan gentlemen, and is still in operation.  The façade is a five-arch portico with sculptures by Andrea Falcone that embody the acts of physical mercy.  The interior of the church is an octagonal plan with seven chapels.  Every altar was to have a painting depicting one of the acts of mercy, while the high central altar was to include them all.  Here is where we find the spectacular Seven Acts of Mercy by Caravaggio painted in 1606. In the other chapels are paintings by some of his close Neapolitan followers, like Battistello Caracciolo, Fabrizio Santafede, Giovanni Bernardino Azzolino.  The ticket for the church includes a visit to the Art Gallery, which contains many paintings of Neapolitan artists and views of the city.

Click on this link to see my blog about Caravaggio In Napoli.

 

Official website: Pio Monte della Misericordia

via dei Tribunali, 253 - 80139 Napoli.

Tel. +39 081 446 944

Tickets: €7 / Concession: €5 / Artecard: € 4

Opening hours:  Mon - Sat, 09.00 - 18.00 / Sun 09.00 - 14.30

Nearest metro station:  Linea  1 - MUSEO or Linea 2 - PIAZZA CAVOUR