Museo Cappella Sansevero, Naples

A treasure chest of art and science, Museo Cappella Sansevero houses almost 30 significant works of art, among which are three notable late-Baroque statues. These intriguing sculptures were created with a marble-like substance known for its tissue-like quality, invented by Raimondo di Sangro, a prominent inventor and scientist. He spent the last years of his life reconstructing and decorating this chapel. Arguably the site's most notable piece, a sculpture of Christ covered with a thin shroud is a masterpiece created by Giuseppe Sanmartino, a distinguished sculptor of the Baroque period. The chapel also contains an exhibit of anatomical models of a mature man and a pregnant woman, their skeletons encased in hardened arteries and veins made of beeswax, iron wire, and silk. Tickets can be purchased on site, but if you want to avoid a long wait, book online well in advance. Put Museo Cappella Sansevero on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Naples driving holiday planner.
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  • book tickets on their website for a little more. Otherwise, if you are lucky enough to be in Naples on weekdays, go on those days, maybe in the morning when it opens. The only thing you don't have to do is get scared by the long lines and give up the visit, it would be a big shame. Recommend audio guides that add interesting details to the view of the chapel.
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  • Beautiful The Veiled Christ, pity that you can not take souvenir photos. The place is very impressive, the Veiled Christ at the Center of the chapel completely frescoed and full of marble statues.
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  • Definitely worth visiting! The Veiled Christ is even better than I expected, sadly we couldn't take any pictures. It's really alive and it truly mesmerized me how a stone can look so soft. The Anatomical Machines below is also captivating, mind bending how they were able to produce them. Def worth a visit! The museum itself is small and can be completed in 30-60mins.
  • Really worth a visit. We booked a slot online and we did not have to wait. Queues are usually pretty long, so it was a good choice. I recommend to book the audio guide too. It was informative and entertaining.
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