An Architectural Jewel in Naples Has Reopened (With a Blockbuster Exhibition to Match)

Sep 19, 2022 104

In the heart of Naples' beloved Quartieri Spagnoli (Spanish Quarter), near Piazza Trieste and Trento, a Baroque gem has reopened its doors. After an extended closure, the Church of Carminiello in Toledo, with its intricate green and blue majolica tile floors, is welcoming worshipers and drawing in new visitors with an exhibition from Italian-American video artist Bill Viola. 

The church has its roots in what was once a monastery for Spanish expatriates who converted to Catholicism. In 1632, however, Donna Eleonora Guzman, wife of the Viceroy Count of Monterey, decided to move the monastery to another location. The small complex was given to a brotherhood of 63 priests, and became commonly referred to as the Church of the Congregation of 63 Priests. 

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