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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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  • One of the surprises of Naples if you organize yourself well enough time to everything, is in a central location and form part the connection between life and the beyond
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  • According to the Neapolitan tradition (which is nothing more than the concept of Hades Greek) only the Saints go directly to heaven and hell it takes ... All we will end up in purgatory for a shorter or longer period. Task of the dead helping the living (a nice Lottery never hurts) and that of the living is to alleviate the suffering of the dead, through the "refrisco" (refreshment and respite from the flames of purgatory) which is weighing the Refrigerium of ancient Romans. From this arises the worship of capuzzelle (skulls). One of the "holy land" most interesting is this, where honors, among other "dead head of Lucy who, according to tradition, he was a pious girl died in childbirth. Once the barren women demanded the grace of having a son to her. Those who want to enter the soul of the concept of Pietas of the Neapolitan people should go and visit this place.
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  • Along via dei Tribunali lies this splendid church, built by a Charity and consecrated in 1638. Masterpiece of Baroque art and the place where born and perpetuated the cult of "anime pezzentelle". Station, Jordan and V make this truly magnificent Church. Underground route suggestive and very interesting, anonymous human remains "adopted" by the people and reinterpreted as intermediaries for their prayers. A must visit!
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