The Sansevero Chapel: art, legends and esoteric symbols

Feb 04, 2020 411

BY: Barbara Palladino

The Sansevero Chapel, also known as Church of Santa Maria della Pietà or Pietatella, rises between the alleys at the heart of Naples, not far from Piazza San Domenico Maggiore. One of the city’s most fascinating places, it is famous for its wonderful works of art as well as for its many esoteric symbols and Masonic references, which have sparked the curiosity of experts and visitors for centuries.

Different legends have circulated about the origin of the chapel. Some say that in 1590, an innocent man who was about to be arrested saw a wall come down as he passed Palazzo Di Sangro, revealing the image of Mary; the man asked for grace, and promised a silver lamp and an inscription if he could go free.

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