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Review of Duomo di Napoli

Duomo di Napoli
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Ranked #35 of 789 things to do in Naples
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed September 2, 2013

Italy, being the land of churches, has so many with ornate marble, gold and paintings of angels that they start to blend together. Unlike in Rome where many cathedrals are in excellent condition, Duomo di Napoli AKA the Cattedrale di San Gennaro is a mix of rustic and daunting Gothic and Baroque architecture. You can see that Napoli does not have the eye towards pretty tourism, but has the personality and grit of a port city.

My son and I wandered through the narrow streets, passing old men sitting out on the stoop and small markets for locals in search of a few sights before we went for pizza at the famous Da Michele. Walking up a small hill, the street opened to the cathedral set back from the rest of the buildings. The narrow height felt as if I was looking up at something heavenly, solid and timeless.

Two worn lions guard the ancient door that feels as if you have walked into medieval Italy. This floor has seen tens of thousands of people walk through the door and wears the worn marble proudly. You will find the marble statuary, the frescos, alters and painted, vauled ceilings, but as a New Yorker and someone whose paternal grandmother's family was Napolitan, I was more interested in the San Gennaro history... the vial of Saint Januarius' blood that is said to liquify once a year... and to see who the San Gennaro festival in New York celebrated.

What I found facinating was the amazing marble floor... every detail was planned for the entry, the main floor and every chapel. The missing skull and crossbone welcomed you and the many carved tiles and mosaic designs demarked different areas of the cathedral. The sculptures and paintings are incredible, but I found more interest in the small details... while everyone looked up, I looked down... and found a secret treasure.

Thank Susan G
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Reviewed August 21, 2013

The Duomo is also known as the Cathedral of San Gennaro in honor of Saint Januarius the patron saint of Napoli. The Duomo is very impressive and rivals the other great churches of Italy. Absolutely worth a visit if you are touring in the historic center.

Thank Ravens32
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Reviewed August 21, 2013

We paid €7 each to see the museum. Lots of historic artefacts and items used in the church historically. Wouldn't recommend it for kids or adults not interested in history or the church. Highlight was seeing the chapel and the painted ceiling - up there with Rome - detail was amazing. Shame we then realised you could see the chapel for free when the church is open. Visit to the church is worth it to see Chapel alone. Women must have covered shoulders, but there is a bunch of spare shawls on the entrance.

Thank Haribo09
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Reviewed July 27, 2013

Well worth the visit - beautiful artworks from the 14 century can't fail to amaze. Cover your shoulders and dress modestly.

Thank Nicola W
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Though many parts of it was under construction, it is still worth visiting. Surely cannot visit naples without paying a visit to the mostly renound duomo where the holy relics of San Gennaro can be found. In itself, you'll enjoy the lovely architecture and building of the duomo, but surely not to miss the lovely cript and beautifully decorated relic area of San Gennaro.

Thank AnnMarieMalta_Europe
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