Slide and elaboration by Antonio Florino Con gli Amici di insolita Guida
Porta San Gennaro Opened in 1573 on the northern side of the walls of Naples, San Gennaro, the door is now incorporated into a housing complex that overlooks the street Foria, near Piazza Cavour. Located farther forward than the previous port greek-roman, it represented the only access from the north to the city, and, being a necessary step to reach the catacombs of San Gennaro, was for this reason named after the saint. In 1656, after a plague epidemic, there was added as a votive shrine painted by Mattia Preti with sacred motifs (the Virgin Mary and the Saints who crave the end of the plague), today still in good condition
Formerly, at the foot of the Capodimonte hill, there was a depression, one of many "valleys" formed on the slopes of the hills on which Naples is built. Just at the foot of the Capodimonte hill, where before there was the valley, now stands one of the districts of the city's historic center: Sanità.Esso the district, was built in the late sixteenth century and today is one of the most popular Naples, but where to live with the degradation, there is the beauty of churches and monuments, as often happens in Naples and as we have become accustomed in this city on the length and breadth. Fortunately, some voluntary associations, cultural and social work in the district, have formed a network to try to build a better life by encouraging civic sense and creating opportunities for people out of the degradation of quartiere.Importante, is also the presence on the territory of two parishes, that of S. Maria Health and S. Severus, who are able to express for years a remarkable vitality in an attempt to overcome the socio-cultural differences and to act as "attraction" for alternative of work .Ma what it is, in fact, in addition to the current harsh realities, the district health? Who find yourself visiting, including streets and washing hanging out, including motorcycles on sidewalks and stalls, will be surprised. In fact, it is home to the catacombs and early Christian churches such as San Gennaro, San Severo and San Gaudioso addition to the famous ossuary of the Fontanelle cemetery which we have already discussed in a previous post, the cemetery of pezzentelle souls, lost souls of "dead no name. "The heart of the area is the Basilica of Santa Maria also said the Health of St. Vincent Healthcare, also already described in a previous post. A wonderful complex full of works of art that takes visitors on a reality that seems impossible at times to be hosted by a degradation so close, just outside the portale.Ma in the neighborhood, we can not help but see Via Santa Maria Antesaecula, where, at number 109, was born Antonio de Curtis, in art Totò. The same district, has seen the most holy baptism of Naples and the most holy of Naples, Alfonso Maria de 'Liguori. In his home district was also the architect Ferdinando Sanfelice, known for its baroque architecture, the author of the Cappella del Tesoro di San Gennaro, Palazzo Serra di Cassano, the portal Filomarino Palace, the magnificent altar of the Basilica of Santa Chiara and many other commissioned works in Naples and throughout the Regno.Poiché, as we said before, the neighborhood is built in an area at the foot of a hill, was created in 1937, a connection with the road system above, using a lift: it connects the district health course Amedeo di Savoia Duca d'Aosta.
Sanfelice, Ferdinand Italian architect and designer (Naples 1675-1748). Exponent of the late Baroque Neapolitan, was also in charge of equipment for spectacular parties and wedding and funeral celebrations, stage machinery, etc.. His interest turned more to the architecture of courtyards and staircases, for which the original computer solutions in which a rigorous concept of space is combined with a happy inspiration of invention: Sanfelice staircases of the palace, the palace Serra-Cassano, the palace of Majo , all in Naples. Among other achievements Neapolitan remember Nunziatella of the church, that of S. And St. Mary Succurre Miseris Our Lady of Consolation, the porcelain factory at Capodimonte.
Ferdinando Sanfelice The architect Ferdinando Sanfelice (1675-1748) was born from a noble family who lived not far from the parish church of St. Of the Virgin Mary. The face of the towns of Virgin and Health in the eighteenth century is largely characterized by civilian factories produced from his work and his genius. With the building designed for his family away in the bend of the Health Arena (1720), with the one commissioned by the Marquis of Poppano Muscat (later "the Spanish" Thomas Attienza) via Virgin (1724-26), but also with the reconstruction of the church of S. Maria Succurre Miseris (1719), the Sanfelice established itself as a supporter, along with Domenico Antonio Vaccaro, a local tradition that was able to develop the rules of Baroque "official" already introduced by authors such as Fanzago, Lazzari, or Guglielmelli. This is all based on the architecture scene, on the ephemeral of the party apparatus on the search for complex geometric and structural matrices and related the experience of Austrian rococo Fisher von Erlach, she gave birth to a true Neapolitan, nipped in the adventure of Vanvitelli and Fugue (1750). The review sanfeliciana the type of scale is open fifteenth, after all, a formidable theatrical machine, which tends to impress through the perspective axis hall-garden-yard-wide, no background closing and that makes the diaphragm by a mere scale ' bold structure. The Sanfelice edited between 1733 and 34 the canalization of the "lava virgins" in order to remedy the continuing damage caused by flood waters