Complesso Monumentale di Santa Chiara

Complesso Monumentale di Santa Chiara

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The Monumental Complex of St. Chiara, including the Church, the Monastery and the Convent, had been raised since 1310 to 1328 by the will of the King Roberto d’Angio and his wife Sancia of Majorca. The sovereigns, both devoted to St. Francis of Assisi and St. Chiara, wanted to build a Franciscan citadel that housed in the Convent the Clarisses and in the contiguous Monastery the Friars Minor. The Church, central nucleus of the whole complex, rose with the title of Saint Host or Sacred Body of Christ, dedication suggested by the Eucharistic Miracle of Bolsena, happened in 1264; the denomination changed immediately in Santa Chiara, probably for the extraordinary number of Clarisses introduces in the Convent.
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LakridsKaffe
United Kingdom126 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
There’s so much history to be discovered in the tiles of this place - literally the tiles, which decorate the benches and columns around the cloister garden. Go for a leisurely stroll down the covered walkways and take in the greenery before proceeding to the adjoining museum to get an understanding of the building and its people. It’s a lovely place to visit - I’ll definitely be back.
Written June 21, 2022
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Swell Traveller
Melbourne, Australia3,769 contributions
Oct 2019
End October 2019:

It pays to ditch the taxis and the hop on and off buses and walk - sometimes. After being in a museum for almost 3 hours I wanted to clear my head and look around Naples on my last day. I stumbled upon the Santa Chiara Monastery / church and museum. It doesn't really look much from the outside and is heavily fenced off like a fort.

So I wandered in. There was a small entry fee E6 or a bit more to have an audio kit, I didn't need it. It's not until you walk in that you fully understand why people go in here. The courtyard [cloister area] is by far the main focal point with the most colourful and beautiful well maintained mosaics / Majolica tiles in Rococo style from 1742 / ceramics and pillars I've ever seen.

The building is wrapped in long hallways covered in mosaic frescos that are somewhat degraded in some areas and an orchard on both side of the pillars and a centre piece. You are NOT allowed to sit on the tiles, but there are seats all around so you can admire and photograph their magnificence.

Once inside the monastery you get to see the smaller archaeological museum which is super interesting with a lot more religious artefacts than Archaeological Museum of Naples and houses the history of this church.

There is excavation going on all around as they dig up original parts of the church etc. There is the world's largest and oldest nativity scene all hand carved to view.

You can go into the church and see parts of tombs through the glass floor. The original church was gothic style but was rebuilt in baroque.

There is a small shop there which is worth a look as they have some special pieces of affordable jewellery and other touristy items, especially for children and those of different faiths.

This was by far one of my favourite places visited in Naples. Do yourself a favour and go. I stayed for about 2 hours.
Written February 3, 2020
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Laura Panzetta
Brighton, UK3 contributions
Mar 2022 • Solo

Beautiful and particular for its austerity, the church of Santa Chiara displays masterpieces by Giotto and Tino da Camaino. The complex also houses a wonderful majolica cloister, and an 18th century Neapolitan nativity scene with glimpses of life from the time. A must visit!
Written March 17, 2022
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TurinTraveller
Turin334 contributions
Aug 2021
Most cloisters provide the tranquillity and outside space the nuns required, but this goes beyond that.
If you love maiolica tiles, you'll appreciate the beauty of the tiles used to decorate the cloisters.
Whilst walking around, it was hard to remember the hustle and bustle of Naples, it truly was a spiritual retreat.
We didn't stay too long as we were hot and tired but you could easily walk around and soak up the tranquil atmosphere.
Well worth visiting.
Written August 19, 2021
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TsvetaNenova
Ruse, Bulgaria29 contributions
Jun 2022 • Friends
Great place to visit, especially for the maiolica tiles, covering the whole monastery’s yard.
Nice visual storytelling about the ordinary people who lived in the area of Napoli during centuries.
Curious small exhibition of contemporary religious art. Don’t miss the Cathedral.
Written June 26, 2022
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G.B.
871 contributions
Sep 2020
The monumental complex includes several structures, but the one that is certainly most impressive is the Cloister ( "Chiostro"). The arrangement of the colonnades and the majolica tiles on them is impressive. A place that I suggest to visit early in the morning (at the moment the opening time is 8.30 am). At that time there will be less people and maybe the works in progress will not have started yet, so you can stop and enjoy the silence in this wonderful corner of Naples.
Pay attention to the closing time (it doesn't close late), if you want to visit it in the afternoon it is better to be there before 17.00.
Written December 14, 2020
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Sharon H
Las Vegas, NV2,079 contributions
May 2019
The Gothic church of Santa Chiara was originally built 1310-28 by the will of King Roberto d’Angio and his wife, Sancia, of Majorca. They wanted to build a Franciscan citadel to house a convent and a monastery. During the 18th century, the monarchs updated the church with baroque decoration and created the beautiful cloister, with amazing majolica tiles representing social scenes, to introduce art and to give the nuns a chance to see what life was like outside the convent. The church was heavily bombed during WWII, but was restored to its original Gothic style afterwards. Giotto had painted most of the frescoes in the original church, but only pieces/parts of them were recovered to show how the originals looked. Despite the rain on the day we visited, we enjoyed wandering through the church and the old cloisters, restored to their former glory. The majolica tiles were vibrantly colorful and the scenes they portrayed gave us insight into the lives of the people of 1700’s Naples. The biblical scene frescoes along the side walls of the cloister were also amazing, and there was an adjoining museum where we saw many interesting artifacts and an archaeological excavation. A definite hidden gem in Naples.
Written March 22, 2020
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Lou G
12 contributions
Oct 2019
The Church is important in the city's history and life, but the nuns' cloister behind the church is the real gem here. Beautiful, and covered with Majolica tiles. And very quiet. You'd never know that the raucous Spaccanapoli is right outside. Don't miss the smalll Cloister's museum. Worth the time. Includes Roman bath ruins you can walk through.
Written March 6, 2020
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Agnieszka Martina
Rome, Italy11 contributions
Feb 2020
Church and monastery of Santa Chiara is one of the best-known monuments of Naples. The monastery was built in the early 14th century at the request of the wife of Robert of Anjou, King of Naples. It was almost entirely destroyed by an airstrike in August 1943 but was rebuilt after the war.
The Majolica Cloister is an admirable example of Rococo rustic garden with two avenues that, crossing, divide the space into 4 sectors. Admire the double series of 64 octagonal pillars that line the avenues and are covered with magnificent tiles decorated with interwined wine and wisteria motifs. The pillars are connected also by seats on which the scenes of 18th century daily secular life are depicted (hunting, Vesuvius etc.). This cloister is so beautiful!
Written April 13, 2020
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majesty318
Rahway, NJ1,664 contributions
Jan 2020
I am not a museum person or a church person, but I found this visit completely worthwhile. The courtyard is simply stunning. I was there in January so it must be even more amazing in the springtime. The small museum has fascinating artifacts. The excavations could be better explained. I accidentally went in the exit and found it difficult to figure out what I was looking at from the diagram. Worth spending an hour or so, and it was not at all crowded when I visited.
Written March 9, 2020
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