Complesso Museale Santa Maria delle Anime del Purgatorio ad Arco, Naples
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The church of the Purgatorio ad Arco, or Santa Maria delle Anime del Purgatorio ad Arco is a religious edifice in central Naples, Italy, located on Via dei Tribunali. The church is two blocks west of the church of Santa Maria Maggiore della Pietrasanta on Via dei Tribunali.HistoryIt was attached to the Congregation of the same name, established to pray for the souls in purgatory. The church was designed by Giovan Cola Di Franco, and consecrated in 1638. The apse is richly decorated with polychrome marble and stucco, and has a peculiar detail of winged skulls, by Dionisio Lazzari, on the pilasters lateral to the main altarpiece. The church has altarpiece by Massimo Stanzione (Virgin helps souls in Purgatory, 1638, main altarpiece), Andrea Vaccaro (Transit of St Joseph, 1650-51, third chapel on right), and Luca Giordano (Death and Ecstasy of St. Alessio, 1661, third chapel on left).To the left of the altar is the funeral monument of Giulio Mastrillo, by Andrea Vaccaro. Above the main altarpiece in the cupola is a canvas by Giacomo Farelli: St Anne offers the child Virgin Sant’Anna to God the father ( 1670 ) as well as a ''Victory of St Michael (165) by Girolamo De Magistro.
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  • Actually have two. The upper Church on the façade decorations with skulls and bones in friezes, on the portal and in the lateral niches. The portal and the overlying round with the bas-relief of the Madonna with the souls in purgatory date back to the beginning of the eighteenth century and are attributed to Cosimo Fanzago. The lower church, built Crow below that of purgatory, with the same dimensions, to bury the poor souls (so-called pezzentelle). Unmissable
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  • One of the many beauties of Decumani. Definitely worth your time. Although most of the human remains have been moved into the Fontanelle cemetery, still there are some present. Like those of "Lucy", the most famous skull. In Naples the cult of death and the afterlife is strongly felt. Worth visiting.
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  • two churches on top of each other at street level and underground, designed and built specifically for the path of souls from purgatory and finally consecrated ground at paradise, the guided tour is very interesting to understand the relationship between living and dead in Naples
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