Treasures of Campania: Cloisters in Sorrento and Naples
Campania region enshrines some of the most stunning monuments, cloisters and churches of Italy. The cloisters of Sorrento and Naples evoke enchantment to all those who are lucky enough to get to visit them.
What are we talking about? Suggestive places full of history and with a deep connection to religion in its more stunning representation.
Among the most breathtaking cloister built in Sorrento and Naples we can find two that are particularly important; La Certosa di San Martino (“Charterhouse of St. Martin”) and the Cloister of Sorrento. Let’s take a journey into their history!
St. Francesco Cloister in Sorrento
Among the Cloister of Sorrento there is one particularly famed for its beauty. In Piazza Saverio Gargiulo you can admire, above the sea, the Conventual Complex of S. Francesco d’Assisi which includes the Villa Comunale, the Monastery and the Church.
The earthquake of 1688 caused huge damages to the Cloister, but now after a long period of restoration, the complex was brought back to its original beauty.
Nowadays the complex is used for religious activities, and for other Municipality purposes.
Today the most incredible cloister of Sorrento hosts incredibly suggestive musical concerts and art exhibitions.
Charterhouse of St. Martino in Naples
The Certosa, one of the major monumental complexes of Naples, was founded in 1325 by order of Carlo, Duke of Calabria, son of Roberto D’Angiò and dedicated to San Martino bishop of Tours.
We could define the Certosa di San Martino as monastery complex located in a very distinctive district of Naples: Vomero. Along with the Veiled Christ is probably one of the most appreciated things to see in Naples according to tourists.
Built at the top of Vomero hill, the Certosa seems to command the entire Bay of Naples from above, along with Castel Sant’Elmo that stands just behind it.
The complex has two cloisters on the inside: the first was built in the XIV century along with the rest. The cloister was very broad with seventeen arches on each side. The original one is now named Chiostro Grande (Big Cloister).
In addition to it, there is a second cloister: the Cloister of the Procuratori, a work by Dosio. Another gem of San Martino.