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“Stunningly beautiful cloister”

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Owner description: The Monumental Complex of St. Chiara, including the Church, the Monastery and the Convent, had been raised since 1310 to 1328 by the will of the King Roberto d’Angio and his wife Sancia of Majorca. The sovereigns, both devoted to St. Francis of Assisi and St. Chiara, wanted to build a Franciscan citadel that housed in the Convent the Clarisses and in the contiguous Monastery the Friars Minor. The Church, central nucleus of the whole complex, rose with the title of Saint Host or Sacred Body of Christ, dedication suggested by the Eucharistic Miracle of Bolsena, happened in 1264; the denomination changed immediately in Santa Chiara, probably for the extraordinary number of Clarisses introduces in the Convent.
Belgrade, Serbia
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“Stunningly beautiful cloister”
Reviewed 20 August 2013

I can truly recommend a visit to the Santa Chiara Cloisters. Although the church and the museum have their charm as well (NB some of the other churches in Naples are far more impressive), it's the garden you really want to see. A beautiful blast of colour that radiates peace and serenity. If you're lucky like I was, your visit to the garden might be accompanied by the echoes of the choir practicing for Mass. I think the cloister garden may have been the only historic sight I saw in Naples without any graffiti. Unfortunately the church itself did not fare as well graffiti-wise.

Visited July 2013
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“Cloister of Santa Chiara”
Reviewed 19 August 2013

Make sure to visit the church, very simple and severe, and then go the majolica cloister, I have seen it many times, but it does not stop to enchant me every time!

Visited July 2013
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“One of Naples' treasures”
Reviewed 7 August 2013

Very old and utterly beautiful. A peaceful oasis in a noisy city. A real sense of history. If you only have a short time in the city, see this.

Visited July 2013
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“Peaceful & Tranquil”
Reviewed 24 July 2013

Although the Church is huge the real gem is the Cloisters, tiled in Majolica tiles it's tranquil & a welcome break from the noise & heat of Spaccanapoli. Difficult to miss given the size of the church. Has some exposed Roman remains but I personally was underwhelmed by them, they were poorly explained although good access to them. The small museum does have some stunning examples of religious art & if this interests you, this definitely should be on your itinerary, otherwise for most tourists I guess it's the Cloisters & their sense of quiet & calm that people will remember.

Visited July 2013
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“A Respite in the Heart of Naples”
Reviewed 24 June 2013

Behind the Santa Chiarra Church is a magnificent Cloister with the columns and benches lined with Majolica porcelain. It is very peaceful here, and a place to take a break. There is a museum in the back with ruins from ancient bath and some historic artifacts. On your way out, will seea beautiful display of a Christmas Creche. A recommended stop when you are in the Spaconopolli district.

Visited June 2013
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