Complesso Monumentale di Santa Chiara

Complesso Monumentale di Santa Chiara, Naples

Complesso Monumentale di Santa Chiara

Complesso Monumentale di Santa Chiara
4.5
10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
About
The Monumental Complex of St. Chiara, including the Church, the Monastery and the Convent, had been raised since 1310 to 1328 by the will of the King Roberto d’Angio and his wife Sancia of Majorca. The sovereigns, both devoted to St. Francis of Assisi and St. Chiara, wanted to build a Franciscan citadel that housed in the Convent the Clarisses and in the contiguous Monastery the Friars Minor. The Church, central nucleus of the whole complex, rose with the title of Saint Host or Sacred Body of Christ, dedication suggested by the Eucharistic Miracle of Bolsena, happened in 1264; the denomination changed immediately in Santa Chiara, probably for the extraordinary number of Clarisses introduces in the Convent.
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Neighbourhood: Pendino
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Samuel J
14 contributions
Beautiful, but missing info
Sep. 2021
For me the 6 euro price was definitely worth the sight, but I would gladly pay 3 more to have a tour and know the background of the majolica and possibly the frescoes. It was kinda awkward I had to read on the internet that it's from 18th century and not Roman times.
Written 8 September 2021
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TurinTraveller
Turin323 contributions
Best cloisters I've even seen
Aug. 2021
Most cloisters provide the tranquillity and outside space the nuns required, but this goes beyond that.
If you love maiolica tiles, you'll appreciate the beauty of the tiles used to decorate the cloisters.
Whilst walking around, it was hard to remember the hustle and bustle of Naples, it truly was a spiritual retreat.
We didn't stay too long as we were hot and tired but you could easily walk around and soak up the tranquil atmosphere.
Well worth visiting.
Written 19 August 2021
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kgkjgkjg
Washington DC, DC173 contributions
beautiful cloister
Jul. 2021
The church is fine, but the reason to visit is the big, beautiful cloister covered in hand-painted majolica tiles, which may be the most beautiful spot in Naples.
Written 14 August 2021
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Kavin
Long Island City, NY1 contribution
never seen
Jul. 2020
I've never seen in my life something so amazing! it's like a beautiful journey with no time! the cloister is a place full of peace, with its unbelievable maiolica tiles
Written 8 February 2021
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G.B.
699 contributions
A corner of Naples not to be missed
Sep. 2020
The monumental complex includes several structures, but the one that is certainly most impressive is the Cloister ( "Chiostro"). The arrangement of the colonnades and the majolica tiles on them is impressive. A place that I suggest to visit early in the morning (at the moment the opening time is 8.30 am). At that time there will be less people and maybe the works in progress will not have started yet, so you can stop and enjoy the silence in this wonderful corner of Naples.
Pay attention to the closing time (it doesn't close late), if you want to visit it in the afternoon it is better to be there before 17.00.
Written 14 December 2020
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Ana L
Navan, Ireland2,700 contributions
Not to miss!
Sep. 2020
Even though is partly on renovation, this is a very interesting place to visit. For a 6 eur ticket, you can get visit the cloister (the main attraction), the museum and the ruins.

The cloister with the majolica ceramic is outstanding!
Written 14 October 2020
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StephenCross
Dublin, Ireland15,983 contributions
Massive church.
Aug. 2020 • Solo
Church stands in a park like setting with a playground. It’s an impressive structure in terms is scale and scope. Noticeably free of graffiti.
Written 30 August 2020
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Agnieszka Martina
Rome, Italy10 contributions
Walking through the majolica cloister of Santa Chiara
Feb. 2020
Church and monastery of Santa Chiara is one of the best-known monuments of Naples. The monastery was built in the early 14th century at the request of the wife of Robert of Anjou, King of Naples. It was almost entirely destroyed by an airstrike in August 1943 but was rebuilt after the war.
The Majolica Cloister is an admirable example of Rococo rustic garden with two avenues that, crossing, divide the space into 4 sectors. Admire the double series of 64 octagonal pillars that line the avenues and are covered with magnificent tiles decorated with interwined wine and wisteria motifs. The pillars are connected also by seats on which the scenes of 18th century daily secular life are depicted (hunting, Vesuvius etc.). This cloister is so beautiful!
Written 13 April 2020
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Sharon H
Las Vegas, NV2,075 contributions
Majolica tile art in the cloisters is breathtaking!
May 2019
The Gothic church of Santa Chiara was originally built 1310-28 by the will of King Roberto d’Angio and his wife, Sancia, of Majorca. They wanted to build a Franciscan citadel to house a convent and a monastery. During the 18th century, the monarchs updated the church with baroque decoration and created the beautiful cloister, with amazing majolica tiles representing social scenes, to introduce art and to give the nuns a chance to see what life was like outside the convent. The church was heavily bombed during WWII, but was restored to its original Gothic style afterwards. Giotto had painted most of the frescoes in the original church, but only pieces/parts of them were recovered to show how the originals looked. Despite the rain on the day we visited, we enjoyed wandering through the church and the old cloisters, restored to their former glory. The majolica tiles were vibrantly colorful and the scenes they portrayed gave us insight into the lives of the people of 1700’s Naples. The biblical scene frescoes along the side walls of the cloister were also amazing, and there was an adjoining museum where we saw many interesting artifacts and an archaeological excavation. A definite hidden gem in Naples.
Written 22 March 2020
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majesty318
Rahway, NJ1,592 contributions
Beautiful
Jan. 2020
I am not a museum person or a church person, but I found this visit completely worthwhile. The courtyard is simply stunning. I was there in January so it must be even more amazing in the springtime. The small museum has fascinating artifacts. The excavations could be better explained. I accidentally went in the exit and found it difficult to figure out what I was looking at from the diagram. Worth spending an hour or so, and it was not at all crowded when I visited.
Written 9 March 2020
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