Basilica dell'Immacolata al Gesu Vecchio, Naples
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Head off the beaten path to discover Basilica dell'Immacolata al Gesu Vecchio, home to a rich history and impressive artwork. Construction on the grand church lasted from 1554 to 1624, and it features a Jesuit college and refectory. Though often upstaged by the New Jesus Church, a more popular tourist attraction, this minor basilica plays host to a number of treasures. Walk up the central aisle to view the Neapolitan Baroque altar, featuring a sculpture of St. Francis Borgia, one of the early Superior Generals of the Jesuits. In the side chapels you can glimpse centuries-old paintings. Work out when and for how long to visit Basilica dell'Immacolata al Gesu Vecchio and other Naples attractions using our handy Naples trip generator.
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  • The basilica santuario del Gesù Vecchio is located in the heart of the historic city centre. The temple is called "Gesu Vecchio" because by virtue of the expansion of the society of Jesus, a church was built a short distance much broader renamed by the Neapolitans as the Church of Gesù Nuovo, Trinity or Greater
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  • The Basilica del Gesù Vecchio is located in Via Giovanni Paladino. The construction of the church started in 1554 became the first place of worship of the order of the society of Jesus in the city. The façade is in Baroque style. the Interior has a single nave with side chapels and great cruise. In the chapels are works of art, including the painting of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga artwork of Battistello Caracciolo (1672), some paintings by Girolamo Canatiempo dated 1712, the altarpiece of St Francis Xavier by Cesare Fracanzano (1641), and the statue of Saint Francis Borgia di Pietro ghettos. In the Chapel of St Francis Xavier are statues of Isaiah and Jeremiah by Cosimo Fanzago. In the Chapel of Saint Ignatius is the painting by Francesco Solimena depicting the triumph of Saint Ignatius.
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  • I just couldn't believe I had never heard of it before. I was all alone in this extraordinary place and, believe me, I'm at a loss for words. Just Google it and you'll see what I mean (and pictures do...  more »