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Museo Cappella Sansevero, Naples

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.6/5 based on 9,500+ reviews on the web
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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Museo Cappella Sansevero and many more Naples attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Naples itinerary maker.
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  • Awesome venue, great works, prices drop tears in observing the veiled Christ. The restoration of the altar takes nothing away from the site in its entirety. Really good hearts to keep this church.
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  • I have visited this amazing chapel 2 years ago and loved it. This time I noticed even more little details and adored it. Sadly the centrepiece alter is under restoration, but it's still with visiting....  read more »
  • The sculpture of the veiled Christ to the museo della Cappella di San Severo is undoubtedly a work of immense, overwhelming, that overshadowed the interest of everything else at the Museum.
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  • Read a real guide about that piece of art and craft, don't bother using the ones you can find in there. It looks like a real church, but beware it never was so the whole interpretation given by the "church like" guide is very biased. Here you can find some of the most amazing Sculptures ever, and you'll be amazed by the "organic studies". The price may seem a bit too much, but it's worth every single cent.
  • If you are in Naples you must visit this wonderful place. The magic Veiled Christ sculpture is something special and fantastic. I stayed fixed there and i've seen it for minutes and minutes becouse i was attracted by every particular of that magic figure. Also all the other sculptures contained in cappella Sansevero must to be seen. I recommend it.
  • I can't choose the best between Sansevero e Capodimonte. For sure here the place is small and tight with all the tourism in there, but what you'll see inside Sansevero you won't see nowhere. Unfortunately pictures are not allowed.
  • Buy tickets around the corner and then stand in line to enter the Cappella. The statues are all incredible (especially Modesty and Disillusion at the font opposite corners near the alter), but the Veiled Christ gets all the attention. Downstairs (and just before the exit) are the Anatomical Machines: a male body and a female body whose circulatory system have been preserved. There's not much information about these exhibits until you reach them, so it can be quite a surprise. Be sure to pick up a map / guide at the ticket counter or information booth inside the Cappella and definitely read the posters on the left and right sides of the Cappella. Last entry is 20 minutes before close; i.e., 6:10pm or 1:40pm depending on the day.
  • Worth a visit, a great collection of 18th century sculptures, in an amazing baroc style capell!
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