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 visit was part of an established route to a cultural association that had organized the event. The visit to the Church was not satisfactory because poor visibility inside failed to enjoy the beauty of the Church, in addition the municipal janitors failed to illuminate the Church upon our input.
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  • The Church is dedicated to Saint Catherine of Alexandria, and is called a Formiello, a diminutive of "form", the Latin word indicating the aquifers or gargoyles, i.e. water pipes or channels existing ancient aqueducts that supplied water to the city. It is located in piazza Enrico De Nicola, adjacent to porta Capuana and the Castel Capuano. Beautiful and elegant Renaissance-style church, little known because outside the usual tourist routes. Very rich with relics, precious frescoes, various chapels along the nave and a remarkable and impressive dome.
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  • Unscheduled stop for a real surprise. The oldest of Naples dome and many precious details make it worth a stop
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  • Excellent church where you can find several tombs of local nobility with effigies of deceased in full suits of armor. Admission is free but any donation is welcomed and highly appreciated.
  • Historical church
  • Very nice church on the inside. Worth a visit.
  • Very nice Church and interesting story. An example of how the ideas of the Reformation is reflected also on the structure here churches and the kind of atmosphere that sent to the faithful.
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  • One of the most beautiful churches I've seen. I would highly recommend.
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