Mar 25 20140 comments
The Duomo is a 13th Century Gothic Cathedral dedicated to Saint Gennaro, Naple’s Patron Saint. Inside, the Chapel of the Treasure of San Gennaro has Baroque frescoes and other Artwork. Most importantly, it holds the Saint’s relics, including two vials of his coagulated blood. A huge Festival is held on, September 19, the Feast Day of San Gennaro. Thousands gather in the Cathedral and Square, to witness the the miracle of San Gennaro, when the Vial is taken out of its storage place and the blood, (hopefully), miraculously, liquefies. As with many Italian Festivals, there’s much more than just the Main event. Processions and celebrations go on for eight days. The Miracle of the blood is also performed on the first Saturday, in May.
The Cathedral is steeped in History. On one side of it, is the 4th century Basilica Santa Restituta, the oldest church in Naples, with stunning ceiling frescoes and columns believed to be from the Temple of Apollo. From the Church, you can visit the archaeological area, under the Cathedral, with remains from the Greeks to the middle ages. The 5th century baptistery has good Byzantine-style mosaics.