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Gesù Nuovo Square and Church

Gesù Nuovo Square is one of the most important, famous and symbolic squares of the historic center of Naples Italy. Located on the Lower decumanus, it is the symbolic square of the historic center of Naples Italy. Entirely pedestrianized, it is dominated by the imposing marble obelisk of the Immaculate Conception and is enclosed by the Church of Gesù Nuovo, the monastery of Santa Chiara and historic noble palaces such as, for example, Pandola Palace, Pignatelli di Monteleone Palace, Professa Palace and the Palace of the Congregations.

Inside the square is the church of the same name of Gesù Nuovo (or Trinity Major), consecrated in 1601, which some of the most influential artists of the Neapolitan school worked on. The exterior, consisting of a characteristic ashlar facade and a Renaissance marble portal, the interior in Baroque style with a Greek cross plan and divided into three naves, is majestic and lively due to the polychrome marble coating of the walls and the richness of the altars. In all, there are eleven side chapels with as many altars, also rich in decorations. What completely captures the eyes inside the Church of the Gesù Nuovo in Naples Italy is the high altar, a real precious jewel, erected in 1854. The second chapel on the right of the Church, called the Visitation, is particularly dear to the Neapolitans, because it is dedicated to the doctor San Giuseppe Moscati.

On the altar there is a painting by Massimo Stanzione on the Visitation and the polychrome marble decorations are by Cosimo Fanzago, while in the dome of the opposite bay you can see what remains of some frescoes by Luca Giordano. The angels in the niches are the work of Andrea Falcone. But what attracts a large crowd of faithful, not only from Naples Italy, are the tomb and the bronze statue of the doctor Giuseppe Moscati, proclaimed Blessed and then Saint by Pope John Paul II on 25 October 1987. Many miracles that the Church attributes to him, but many more the testimonies of the prodigious healings of his patients, treated in the study of Cisterna dell’Olio Street, a hundred meters from the Church of Gesù Nuovo. If you are planning your holiday to visit Naples Italy, visit Gesù Nuovo Square and Church is one of the things to do.




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