Museo Cappella Sansevero, Naples

A treasure chest of art and science, Museo Cappella Sansevero houses almost 30 significant works of art, among which are three notable late-Baroque statues. These intriguing sculptures were created with a marble-like substance known for its tissue-like quality, invented by Raimondo di Sangro, a prominent inventor and scientist. He spent the last years of his life reconstructing and decorating this chapel. Arguably the site's most notable piece, a sculpture of Christ covered with a thin shroud is a masterpiece created by Giuseppe Sanmartino, a distinguished sculptor of the Baroque period. The chapel also contains an exhibit of anatomical models of a mature man and a pregnant woman, their skeletons encased in hardened arteries and veins made of beeswax, iron wire, and silk. Tickets can be purchased on site, but if you want to avoid a long wait, book online well in advance. Put Museo Cappella Sansevero on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Naples driving holiday planner.
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  • I had a very pleasant surprise when I entered in this museum...One of the most great opera from the world, and also the other sculptors...rarely I was so impressed by such beaty art...  more »
  • One of the most fascinating places of Naples: the Sansevero Chapel. Absolutely a must not to be missed during a daily tour in town, it can be easily matched to a stroll downtown (be sure to visit the nearby San Domenico complex). The visit you can book or just make tickets in front of the entrance to the Chapel and make a row that lasts a few minutes (or at least we were lucky). As you enter the show before our eyes is awesome, explanatory signs and brochures that deliver along with the ticket helps you to orientate in a spiritual and artistic Masonic studied in detail, starting from the statues placed on perimeter of the chapel until the most important piece here, the wonderful statue of the veiled Christ, placed in front of the presbytery. It's really impressive way ahead and admire it in silence, too bad you can't take photos. The visit continues in the lounge downstairs, which houses the spectacular anatomical machines. From this room you leave the tour without turning back (but the guardian warns). Dont miss it!
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  • The veiled Christ is creepy beauty! The veil is so realistic that looks real and Christ at times seems to breathe. To see without a doubt.
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  • It's small, but what you see is AWESOME. Don't miss it!! By the way it's not allowed to take photos inside and visitors can't use cellphones too. This museum should be much more famous, now it's one of my favorites. Oh, you may try the audio guide if you want to know every single detail. But it's not necessary, we didn't buy it (the texts inside are in English too).
  • Very impressive statues where the artist managed to reproduce the fine movements of a veil. Extraordinary feeling of lightness though this is made of stone. Church is small queue can be very long outside, buy tickets online in advance to use the fast track queue.
  • An absolute gem. Beautiful, amazing, and awe inspiring works of art both paintings and sculptures. Audio guide is a must! Taking pictures inside is not allowed.
  • Veiled Christ is wonderful. Detailed human arteries also amazing. Short yet worthwhile visit. Wish you could sneak photos, but happy they don't allow as it would alter the experience.
  • This is my favorite Naples attraction. I could marvel at these amazing sculptures all day long!

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