After leaving the Capodimonte museum, we took a taxi back to Naples. Our taxi driver, who did not speak much English (our Italian is limited), suggested that we stop for a brief visit in a large church located on the hillside near the Capodimonte museum and overlooking Naples. WOW! That little-known church is known as Madre del Buon Consiglio, Basilica dell’Incoronata Madre del Buon Consiglio, or Maria del Buon Consiglio. We’d never heard of that church before; it is in none of our guidebooks about Naples. The church was absolutely stunning, beautiful. The ceiling and the frescos were magnificent. To our surprise, there was a large replica of Michelangelo’s Pietà in the church. Mass was being celebrated while we were there, so we could not look around as much as we would have liked. I understand that the church also houses several works rescued from abandoned and closed churches, including a copy of Michelangelo’s Moses, but we were trying to be unobtrusive and were too much in awe of the church’s ceiling, frescoes, and the replica of Michelangelo’s Pietà to notice much else.
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