Baroque Architecture: The National Museum of San Martino in Naples, Italy

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Visiting the National Museum of San Martino in Naples

The National Museum of San Martino (Italian: Museo nazionale di San Martino) is a former monastery complex, now a museum, located on top of the Vomero hill, at the highest point of the city of Naples, southern Italy.

Five interesting facts about the place:

  • The Gothic monastery was founded in 1325 by Charles of Anjou (1298–1328), duke of Calabria.
  • In 1623, it was almost completely rebuilt, turning it into one of the best examples for Naples Baroque.
  • Since 1866, the large monastery complex houses the National Museum of San Martino.
  • In over 70 halls, the museum displays an exhibit of different eras of Naples city history.
  • It contains a ceiling painting of the “Ascension” by Lanfranco and ceiling fresco of the “Triumph of Judith” (1704) by Luca Giordano.

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Visiting the National Museum of San Martino in Naples
The National Museum of San Martino, with Mount Vesuvius in the background
Visiting the National Museum of San Martino in Naples
Carthusian cemetery in the Great Cloister
The well in the Procurator's cloister
The well in the Procurator’s cloister
The gorgeous interior of a room in the Prior's quarters
The gorgeous interior of a room in the Prior’s quarters
Interior of the chapel of San Martino
Interior of the chapel of San Martino
Beautiful frescoes painted by the Italian Mannerist painter Giuseppe Cesari and his brother Bernardino at the end of the 16th century
Beautiful frescoes painted by the Italian Mannerist painter Giuseppe Cesari and his brother Bernardino at the end of the 16th century
Royal barge with 24 oars from the era of Charles of Bourbon (first half of the 18th century)
Royal barge with 24 oars from the era of Charles of Bourbon (first half of the 18th century)
Carriage of Maria Cristina of Savoy, Queen consort of the Two Sicilies (built at the beginning of the 18th century)
Carriage of Maria Cristina of Savoy, Queen consort of the Two Sicilies (built at the beginning of the 18th century)
"Nativity" – II presepe Cuciniello
“Nativity” – II presepe Cuciniello/ The Cuciniello Crib (18th century); the sacred art presepe is widely known Christmas tradition in Naples, and it is still alive
Visiting the National Museum of San Martino in Naples
Terrace of the museum
View of southwest Naples from the terrace
View of southwest Naples from the terrace

Address: Largo S. Martino, 5, 80129 Naples, Italy

Official website: Direzione regionale Musei Campania


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