CERTOSA OF SAN MARTINO TOUR – NAPLES
The Certosa of San Martino tour is a half day guided tour to discover one of the largest religious monuments dedicated to Baroque art.
The Certosa of San Martino is one of the Naples’s greatest religious monuments and one of the most successful examples of Baroque architecture and art.
“The Certosa of San Martino” is a palatial area of Naples located on the “Vomero hill”, next to “St. Elmo Castle”. It is one of the city's greatest religious monuments and one of the most successful examples of Baroque architecture and art, together with the royal chapel of the Treasure of San Gennaro, as well as the fulcrum of Neapolitan painting in the 17th century. ...
It has about one hundred rooms, two churches, a courtyard, four chapels, three cloisters and hanging gardens. Chronologically, it is the second Certosa monastery in “Campania”, having been founded nineteen years after San Lorenzo in Padula and forty-six years before San Giacomo in Capri.
After the unification of “Italy”, it became a national monument and since 1866 it has housed the “National Museum of San Martino”, which was created to tell the artistic and cultural history of the city. Since December 2014, the “Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities” has managed the Cartesian monastery and museum through the Polo Museale della Campania, which became the Regional Directorate for Museums in December 2019.
“Charles of Anjou” started the building of the monastery began in 1325, in 1580 it was expanded and in 1623 the architects Dosio and Fanzago began an almost total reconstruction, making the church the best example of “Neapolitan Baroque”.
“The Certosa of San Martino includes the cemetery of the monks, the monastery of the prosecutors, the great cloister and the church. The vault has its original frame of the 14th century, here the beautiful frescoes and paintings of the same period made by Giovanni.
The “Chapel of Mary Magdalene”, the Choir Conversi, the sacristy and the fresco of the Treasury are very well-preserved. In the 1866 Giuseppe Fiorelli founded the “National Museum of San Martino”.
The historical section includes paintings, sculptures, furniture, medals, miniatures, coins, decorations, arm and relics of the political, economical and social development of the kingdom of Naples. The Gallery of the Paintings contains important works of Neapolitan painting of the sixteenth and seventeenth century. Some of the most important items in the collection are from the Nativity Scene of 19th century.
“The National Museum of San Martino” was opened to the public in “Naples” in 1866, the day after the unification of Italy, after the Certosa was declared a national monument and included among the suppressed ecclesiastical properties.
The archaeologist Giuseppe Fiorelli commissioned the rooms to be used as a museum to collect evidence of the life of “Naples” and the southern kingdoms. The two-story museum is accessed from the two cloisters of the “Certosa Monastery”.
Since December 2014, the “Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities” has managed the museum and Certosa Monastery through the “Polo Museale della Campania”, which became the Regional Directorate for Museums in December 2019.
What are you waiting for? Join us in this half day tour to discover the Certosa San Martino Museum in Naples!