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San Giorgio Maggiore Church, Naples
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  • This ancient Church, apparently the second in Naples after that of San Remy (fairy church built in the time of Emperor Constantine and today the side chapel of the Duomo napoletano), was one of the four original parishes of Naples, commissioned by Bishop Severus (whose old chair is preserved in the nave. At the entrance you will be surprised because the door leads into an apse in brick, supported by two ancient columns with Corinthian capitals and overhanging capital early Christian, are the remains of the ancient church that, after a fire was completely rebuilt at the end of the 17th century by Cosimo Fanzago, which changed the "line" of the temple, shifting the apse at the opposite end where there was the original entrance, and in this way the old apse was turned into a singular entry. Everything else is tardoseicentesco, from the Latin cross plan with three naves (the right one then demolished in the 19th century to enlarge via Duomo), baroque altars in polychrome marble works, large and bright canvases of Peresi and a triptych of a young Solimena. Behind the altar that preserves the relics of Bishop Severus, champion of the fight against the Lombards, behind a large oil painting that fills the new apse was discovered an old XVII century fresco of St. George Slaying the Dragon of Aniello Falcone. Worth a stop.
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  • Oh yes, because I had come to admire the fresco depicting St George Slaying the Dragon by Aniello Falcone, covered by canvas by Elia (of ben 40 square meters) that can be moved (on request) through a mechanism of levers hinged doors (and even this particular mechanism had attracted my curiosity). But the apse of the early Christian period was the real surprise. It is now the entrance to the Church, because its orientation has been overturned as a result of the numerous renovations after fires and earthquakes. So when he turns his gaze after having hastily dashed behind the choir, you discover what-in my opinion-is the gem of San Giorgio Maggiore!
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  • The Church of San Giorgio Maggiore is located in Via Duomo. Eastern-rite bishopric was built between the fourth and fifth century at the behest of the Bishop of Naples San Severo. Rebuilt in the 17th century by the architect Cosimo Fanzago, was oriented differently and currently has only two of the original three aisles, the one on the right was destroyed for the opening of via Duomo. At the end of the nineteenth century was implemented another restoration and Baroque church was combined with the early Christian apse. The Interior has two naves, with three domes along the nave. The high altar preserves the relics of San Severo. There is the ancient stone Chair, Bishop Severo and the presbytery a wooden crucifix of the 12th century. On the back, in the part of the chorus, we find two paintings that represent as many miracles of San Giorgio and San Severo. The remarkable series of frescoes by Francesco Solimena.
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