Saint Chiara Cloister
Saint Chiara Cloister or as it is popularly called in Italian, Santa Chiara is one of the top tourist attractions and heritage places in Naples that consists of a church, a monastery, tombs and an important archeological museum. This huge complex is a perfect example of incorporating Provencal and Gothic style in the religious architectural tradition and is one of the most frequented places by tourists on their Naples tour. The present edifice is the result of the huge restoration work done after it was bombarded and destroyed to the ground in the Second World War. The archeological museum inside the premises is well known for its collection of prehistoric findings in the area.
The monastery complex with the chapels was built by the King Robert of Naples and his wife Queen Sancha Majorca in the beginning years of the fourteenth century. The grandeur of the premise typically evokes several architectural styles including Provencal and Gothic style and Baroque style in decoration. Initially the interior was also of gothic style which was transformed into a Baroque style in the first half of the eighteenth century during the Italian renaissance.
What to see
In spite of being considered a grand heritage and a must see destination on your Travel to Naples, this grand edifice displaying numerous architectural traditions still remained one of the most undervalued places in comparison to other attractions. The grandeur of Provencal-Gothic style that gives the premise a distinct look from the exterior is amplified by the rare artistic décor and frescos of Baroque style interior inside the monastery and the chapels. The fresco works in the inner walls depicting life of the Franciscan order is a major attraction. Some original sculptures of Middle Age now saved in the museum are considered another attraction of the monastery. One of the most famous attractions of this place is the Majolica Cloister with brash-colored floral decoration, artistic setting of majolica tiles in Rococo style and octagonal columns. The museum of Saint Chiara Cloister has a great reserve of famous presepios or nativity scenes which is a quintessential element of Naple’s historic artistic tradition.
How To Reach
From the Piazza Amedeo station take Metro line 2 and get down to Piazza Cavour and from there it is merely a 10 minute walk through the Maria di Constantinopoli. The monastery is in the west end of the town.
Timing and tickets
The museum and the monastery remain open all weekdays from 9.30 am to 1 pm and again from 3.30 pm to 7.30 pm. On Sunday and bank holidays it remains open only from 9.30 am to 1 pm. Ticket to visit the museum and the monastery is priced at E 4 per person.