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“Nice - a Solid C plus”

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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.
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“Nice - a Solid C plus”
Reviewed 29 October 2013 via mobile

The large courtyard in the heart of busy Naples seems many miles away from the city. The Liberal use of majolica tiles is pretty, the frescos in the cloisters are quite faded.

There was also a small museum of religious art, an excavation of Greek baths, a large Nativity tableau and that was about it. Not covered by my Artecard, but I did get a discount leaving me with a 4.50 entrance fee.

Good but not great.

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“The cloister is not to be missed”
Reviewed 23 October 2013

This is my favorite quiet corner in Naples. Right on the Piazza del Gesu, this 14th century church is plain and simple...very different from Gesu Nuovo Church right across the piazza. But the cloister is a gem. You enter there and are immediately transported far from the chaos of Naples into a world of quiet contemplation. There are pillars covered with majolica tiles, as are all the 1/2 walls that enclose the cloister. A wonderful little shop gives on to an interesting museum with lots of archeological digs that can be visited. Plus, there are free WCs that are clean and well supplied! There is no better place to spend a bit of time in quiet contemplation.

Visited October 2013
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“An oasis of calm in the city of Naples”
Reviewed 16 October 2013

The frescoes and majolica tiling in the cloisters and garden of the convent were what attracted us on our visit in September. The exposed majolica tiling is interesting and lively rather than exquisite and has suffered some weathering, but the frescoes are in very good condition, protected from the weather under the porticoes of the cloisters.We found few other visitors and were able to relax, take photographs and sketch in the beautiful garden with its citrus trees, Unfortunately we arrived late in the afternoon so only caught a glimpse of the museum before it closed, but it appeared well designed and curated.

Visited September 2013
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“It was nice”
Reviewed 14 October 2013

Let me start with the positive: the tiles in the interior courtyard are a beautiful example of majolica as porcelain was not available. It is a peaceful respite from the noise of Naples which is probably exactly the way it was intended. The museum for me was a lot of nothing so even though I think it is worth seeing the cloister, the rest is just ok. Check beforehand to see the opening hours because we had to return after lunch for the 4 pm opening.

Visited October 2013
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“Beautiful tiles”
Reviewed 14 October 2013

This is well worth visiting, the tiles in the courtyard are beautiful. Didn't have enough time to stay in the museum for long but the main attraction is the courtyard and the Nativity scene at the end.

Visited October 2013
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