Chiesa di Santa Caterina a Formiello, Naples

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Santa Caterina a Formiello is a church in Naples, in southern Italy, located at the extreme eastern end of the old historic center of the city, on Via Carbonara and Piazza Enrico de Nicola, near the gate called Porta Capuana. The term Formiello comes from the forms or containers for water spouts found in the convent. Diagonally across the street and South is the Fontana del Formiello against the rear wall of the imposing Castel Capuano.HistoryConstruction of the church began about 1510, designed by the Florentine Antonio della Cava, and completed in 1593. The church was one of the first domes in Naples, and was dedicated to the virgin and martyred Saint of Alexandria. It was attached to an ancient convent originally linked to the Celestine order and which passed to the Dominican fathers after 1498. The convent hosted Dominicans until the 19th century, when it was expropriated, and ultimately became used as a wool factory.The church has a single-aisle Latin cross interior covered by a barrel vault with five chapels on either side. The Roman Mannerist painter, Luigi Garzi, painted the large picture on the counterfacade. He also painted the triangles above the arches of the chapels, the corbels of the dome, and the great vault of the nave. The dome was painted by Paolo de Matteis. The ceilings of the chapels have frescoes by Guglielmo Borremans; the choir decorations and painting were by Gaetano Brandi.
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  • The Church of Santa Caterina a Formiello, a church rich in frescoes, statues. A jewel of the sacred places of the city of Naples
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  • Undoubtedly the artistic wealth of Baroque church does not go unnoticed, beside Porta Capuana, thanks to the perfection of its Renaissance style (1505-1593) and the presence of numerous works in its 10 chapels, which tell different stories of patrician families Naples. I personally think the most beautiful work present in the Church the altar piece of the Flemish Wenzel Cobergher of 1590, preserved in the chapel Tomacelli, the fourth on the right. But the highlight is the great Renaissance cloister, accessible by a door on the left of the façade. Revenue and be blown away by this place, used in the nineteenth century as military wool mill, which makes a kind of industrial heritage site sacred. Also try the stylish lounge bar in the cloister. So don't miss it!
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  • Well a beautiful church filled with history, frescoes c statues is all nor is it small! To see
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  • Very nice church on the inside. Worth a visit.
  • Enhanced within Baroque sculptures and wall coverings, Naveen a Formiello Santa (the name derives from the presence in the place of "formal" bubble water) is one of the rare examples of Renaissance Naples church building visible in all its volumetric articulation from the outside (rare feature in Naples due to the layering and density of urban plant) thanks to the restoration of insulation 30 ' 900. Is a site by the extraordinary historical-architectural interest to the concentration of monumental fundamental emergencies in history, architecture and urbanism napoletana which Capuano Castle, dating from the twelfth century, before fortress, then the Palace and finally Court (the Vicar) from 500 to 2000, the monumental Porta Capuana, the richest of the fifteenth-century aragonese fortification with two towers covered with piperno on either side of the marble triumphal arch dedicated to Alfonso of Aragon and the former wool mill Sava military factory in the 19th century, the two cloisters of the converted convent annexed to the said Church. The latter, the only example of industrial archeology intramurally is today concerned Neapolitan from various restoration and redevelopment that will be the engine for the development of the entire area.
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  • Beautiful but half abandoned
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  • Beautiful Church. Outside you can admire the ancient shrine of San Gennaro.
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  • Beautiful church near Castel Capuano recently restored ...
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