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. Put Museo Cappella Sansevero on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Naples driving holiday planner.
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Museo Cappella Sansevero Reviews
This is one of the biggest attractions of Naples and you really can't miss it! Go there early in the morning so that to avoid long queues. Take an audio-guide to understand its history: you will... more »
This is not a large place so you won't spend hours traipsing all over the place. Stand in awe at the richly decorated chapel - a Baroque masterpiece amongst a plethora of Baroque delights. The... more »
The place is a must see when in Naples. If you’re coming on a weekend be aware the queue might be long as the place is popular and it is small inside. Also be aware that no photography is allowed inside whatsoever. For me the only downside was that they didn’t have much information about each sculpture unless you’ve paid €5 for an audio guide. There is a small booklet which has a number of each sculpture and says what it is, what year and the sculptor but nothing more.
Words fail! Just go! You don't have to be religious or an art lover either. Photos not permitted. This is a postcard I bought. Booking is essential.
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