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Visit the Gesu Nuovo in the Piazza of That Name
The Church of the Gesu Nuovo was built between 1584 and 1601 partly using medallions of lava-stone. It has a large altar area and short wide transepts with lateral naves. There is a fine cupola over the crossing,
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Chiesa del Gesù Nuovo
One of the most magnificent churches in Napoli, Chiesa del Gesù Nuovo also has the most interesting façade in the city. The rusticated pyramidal shaped squares on the façade belonged to the 15th century Palazzo Sanseverino, which was purchased by the Jesuits in 1580 for the construction of their church. Only the façade was retained while the interior was completely rebuilt in a splendid Baroque style. The elaborate Baroque doorway was added in the 17th century to the original portal of the palace. Numerous renowned Neapolitan artists, including Cosimo Fanzago, Lanfranco and Francesco Solimena, contributed to the rich works of art within. The church is named "Nuovo", i.e. "New", to distinguish it from an older Jesuits church in Naples. When the Jesuits were expelled from Naples in 1767, their church was for a while occupied by the Franciscans, but it was later totally abandoned and closed for decades. It was not until 1900 that the Jesuits returned to Naples and to this church.
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Chiesa del Gesu Nuovo
On the place by the same name, in the heart of Spaccanapoli district is this impressive church. Originally a renaissance palace from 15th with an impressive 3D facade, it was bought by jesuits who converted it into the church in 16th century.
Impressive, but rather stark exterior contrasts with the baroque interior.
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Chiesa Gesù Nuovo
This is one of two churches well worth visiting in the Piazza del Gesù (the other is Santa Chiara – see below). Its unusual façade is in a style known as "ashlar" and it is one of the few examples of this characteristic 15th-century façade in Naples. The shape also struck me as unusual for a church, and I read later that this is because it wasn’t originally built as one but as a home for Robert Sanseverino, Prince of Salerno, in the 15th century. The residence was passed down through the family for several generations but when one of them was disgraced and had to flee the city it was put up for sale and found its way into the hands of the Jesuits who converted it into a church.
The contrast between the sober exterior and the riot of Baroque decoration inside is what makes this church special. We couldn’t look round as fully as I‘d have liked as a Mass was being said, but we did explore the western side aisle with its stunning ceilings. At its far end we came across a little side chapel tucked away which was covered all over its walls and ceiling with metallic plates symbolising various body parts – legs, arms, heads, even breasts, as well as whole babies. It appears that the saint to whom the chapel is dedicated, St Ciro, is known for his ability to heal the sick, and these medallions were each a sign of someone’s prayer.
We didn’t however manage to see properly the frescos on the ceiling of the central nave, by Belisario Corenzio and Paolo de Matteis, nor the painting of The Expulsion of Heliodorus from the Temple (1725) one of the most noteworthy works by Francesco Solimena, the great painter of the Neapolitan Baroque. Nevertheless I enjoyed my visit to this inspiring church.
Do open my extra photos to get the full effect of the contrast between exterior and interior.
Gesù Nuovo Church
It's a great church and you have to visit the inside with lot of art. But the most amazing things are outside. The facade of the building is made in "bugnato" (diamond cut stones) and on every stone there is a sign that sand back to an ancient cult. We've been looking at the signs for more than two hours, every sign is different from the other but nobody know the meaning. Its difficult to take ggod pictures of signs, so I tried to show you the modern signs (graffiti) with the church on the back.
Del Gesu Church
The church of the New Jesus began in 1470 as a lay building and more precisely, as the home of Roberto Sanseverino, the prince of Salerno. The building is impressive and was built in an area at the edge of the city, at the beginning of the old inferior decuman gate. Following the so-called, "swearing in of the barons" which was plotted against the King Ferrante d'Aragona, the building was confiscated in 1497 due to the involvement of Antonello Sanseverino, the son of Roberto. In 1506 it was given to Prince Robert II of Sanseverino who was part of the new ruling house of Castille which had overturned the House of Aragon in 1506. We can still admire the sumptuous renaissance building of the Severini with its well preserved facade of piperno with diamond shapes. It was the work of Novello da S. Lucano even if it has been tampered with in some places. In 1552 the building was confiscated again following the involvement of the Sanseverini during anti-Spanish tensions. In 1584 the Jesuits acquired the building and transformed it into the present day church dedicated to the the Immaculate one, better known by the name, "New Jesus". The church is in the shape of a Greek cross with three naves. the collapse of the cupola and this was reconstructed by Arcangelo Guglielmelli. The church was restored again following Second world war damage. It is particulary worth seeing the large fresco by Franceso Solimena on the reverse of the facade, "the purge of Eliodoro from the temple"; also the Burrello chapel with the sculptures of Cosimo Fanzago and Michelangelo Naccherino, as well as the altar by Cosimo Fanzago.
Open Hours: 8a-12:30p, 4:30p-6:30p M-Su
Gesù Nuovo Church
This Church, that gives its name to the Square , was previously an exclusive palace of Salerno Princes. For this reason its external façade and its internal places are very different. The first one is in ashlar work , formed by “piperno” blocks carved in diamond shape (this is the original part); the second was rebuilt in Baroque style with a great pictorial and sculptural decoration. The author who realized the frescoes is Luca Giordano. The piperno’s blocks were worked by “Maestri pipernieri” belonging to an influental and secret corporation. Every block has a stange symbol (see the tip about the legend of Gesù Nuovo in "off the beaten path"). The particularity of this church is the difference between the two parts : when you are outside , you’ll never imagine to overstep a door and found a sumptuosity that makes you amazed and enjoyably surprised.
To visit the Oratory ask the door keeper of the school (Liceo) in n. 1 Gesù Nuovo square
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See the Guglia dell'Immacolata At the Gesu Nuovo
The Spire of the Virgin Mary or the Guglia dell' Immacolata is present in the Piazza del Gesu Nuovo. It stands opposite the Santa Chiara Church and Convent.
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Piazza del Gesù Nuovo: Chiesa del Gesù Nuovo
This Chiesa/Church, also known Trinità Maggiore, was part of the Sanseverino Palace, built in the the 15th century.
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