Church of San Francesco di Paola, Naples

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    Basilica of San Francesco di Paola

    by shavy Written Apr 15, 2014

    Walk on the Piazza del Plebiscito, the large public square with the white cobblestones in different patterns, your eyes wander immediately to the curved facade of the church that the western side of the square embraces
    The more than 30 columns standing in a semicircle around the piazza, form an impressive backdrop for the central basilica.

    The San Francesco di Paola Church is on the pedestrianized Piazza del Plebiscito, the main square of the city, not far from the harbor

    Buses and cable cars stop near the square . The church is free and open every day but closed at the beginning of the afternoon a couple of hours. Half an hour is usually enough to walk through the church and view the artwork in the square but you might want to spend some more time if you are interested in religious art

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    Basilica di San Francesco di Paola

    by MM212 Updated Mar 22, 2010

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    Modelled after the Pantheon of Rome, la Basilica di San Francesco di Paola was commissioned by King Ferdinando I upon the restoration of the Bourbon Monarchy, immediately following the end of the "French Decade". The Neoclassical basilica was designed by the Swiss architect, Pietro Bianchi, and completed in 1824 on the site of the convent of San Francesco di Paola (hence the name of the church). The convent had been demolished in 1809 by the French King Gioacchino (Joachim) Murat, brother-in-law of Napoléon, to make room for the grand piazza opposite Palazzo Reale, which was to become the city's main square, then called Largo di Palazzo. The architect, Leopoldo Laperuta, was appointed to design the semicircular colonnade which flanks the basilica. Although the French decade ended and the square's name changed to Piazza del Plebiscito, Gioacchino's plans have survived: the spacious piazza has become one of the most important in the city where public celebrations and take place.

    Basilica di San Francesco di Paola - May 09 the basilica and the colonnade Setting up for a public celebration - May 09 San Francesco di Paola, seen from above - May 09
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    Basilica of San Francesco di Paola

    by suhadis Written Oct 6, 2006

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    This Basilica is similar to St Peter's in Rome, and is close by to numerous other attractions on foot. In front of the basilica is a large piazza with the Royal Palace on the other side. Unfortunately the building and the statues of the basilica were laden with graffiti and also dog poo at the kerbs, which was quite unsightly.

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    Church of San Francesco di Paola

    by ruki Updated Aug 21, 2005

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    The Church of San Francesco di Paola was built as an offering from Ferdinando di Borbone after his return from exile in Palermo during the french occupation. The project was drawn up by the architect Pietro Bianchi in 1816. The church, inaugurated in 1816, was given the title of Papal Basilica by Pope Gregory XVI. The Basilica itself is preceded by a pronaos comprising of ten columns, which hold up a tympanum at the top of which a statue of Religion rests. The church is circular in shape and it is covered by an impressive dome, which is styled on the Pantheon, with lacunars and rosettes carved from limestone. The internal perimeter is ringed by 32 fluted columns with Corinthian capitols through which six side chapels can be seen. On the walls of the apse one can enjoy a painting by Vincenzo Camuccini depicting San Francesco di Paola tending to young Alessandro. It was painted in 1830 at the request of Francesco
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    Open Hours: 7:30a-noon & 3:30p-6p M-F, 8:30a-12:30p holidays

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    Church of San Francesco di Paola

    by Willettsworld Written Aug 8, 2005

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    Ferdinando I had the church built in 1817 as a thankyou offering for the reconquest of his kingdom after ten years of French control. Work was begun by Pietro Bianchi who recreated the forms of the Roman Pantheon, in full neogothic style. Inside, statues and paintings of the same period can be seen, as well as the high altar, whose origin is in the 17th century. The doric hemicycle, built by order of Joachim Murat in 1810, extends from the church and embraces half the piazza with great scenic effect. In the centre of the piazza are equestrian statues of Charles III of Bourbon, by Antonio Canova, and of Ferdinando I, of which the horse is Canova's work.

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    Inside the Chiesa di Francesco di Paola

    by extrajoce Written May 20, 2003

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    Despite taking many features from other churches in Italy, the Roman pantheon in particular, the Chiesa di Francesco di Paola has quite some classic charm, making a visit inside worth the while. The church is on Piazza del Plebiscito, in the south-western part of the centre. It was built in 1817.

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    Dome of the chiesa di Francesco di Paola

    by extrajoce Written May 20, 2003

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    Inside this church, don't forget to look up to admire the dome, which is an imitation of the Roman pantheon. It is a superb piece of architecture providing diffuse light below. The church is on Piazza del Plebiscito, in the south-western part of the centre. It was built in 1817.

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