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Sansevero Chapel

Located in the heart of the ancient center of Naples, the Museum Cappella Sansevero is a jewel of the international artistic heritage. Baroque creativity and dynastic pride, beauty and mystery intertwine, creating a unique atmosphere here, almost out of time.

Among masterpieces such as the famous Veiled Christ, with the wordwide famous prodigious “weaving” of the marble veil, there are wonders of virtuosity such as the Disillusion and enigmatic presences such as the Anatomical Machines, the Sansevero Chapel represents one of the most singular monuments that human ingenuity has ever conceived.

A noble mausoleum, an initiatory temple into which the multifaceted personality of its brilliant creator is admirably transfused: Raimondo di Sangro, seventh prince of Sansevero

The Sansevero chapel (also known as the church of Santa Maria della PietĂ  or Pietatella) is one of the most important museums in Naples. Located near Piazza San Domenico Maggiore, this church, now deconsecrated, is adjacent to the family palace of the princes of Sansevero, separated from it by an alley once surmounted by a suspension bridge that allowed family members to access the place privately

The chapel houses masterpieces such as the Veiled Christ by Giuseppe Sanmartino, known throughout the world for its marble veil that almost rests on the dead Christ, Antonio Corradini’s Modesty and Francesco Queirolo’s Disinganno, and is overall a singular complex and full of meanings. It also houses numerous other works of fine workmanship or unusual, such as the anatomical machines, two totally stripped bodies where it is possible to observe, in great detail, the entire circulatory system.

In addition to being conceived as a place of worship, the mausoleum is above all a Masonic temple full of symbols, which reflects the genius and charisma of Raimondo di Sangro, seventh prince of Sansevero, client and at the same time creator of the eighteenth-century artistic apparatus of the chapel.