Joachim Murat

Showing all 2 results

Church of San Francesco da Paola – Naples

Naples - Basilica di San Francesco da Paola - Facade
Naples - Piazza del Plebiscito - Basilica San Francesco da PaolaNaples - Basilica di San Francesco da Paola - Side ViewNaples - Basilica San Francesco di Paola - Interior

The Church of San Francesco da Paola is situated in Naples’ main square Piazza del Plebiscito.

When the building was designed it was meant to become a tribute to Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. The construction in fact started during the reign of Joachim Murat Napoleon’s brother-in-law. However after the Frenches were defeated and the Bourbons regained their kingdom the building was converted into a church dedicated to Saint Francis of Paola; during the 16th century the saint lived in a monastery located in the same spot of the new building.

Things to see

The church design was inspired by the Pantheon in Rome. A beautiful portico with six columns and two Ionic pillars was added in front of the façade. The church has a circular plans with two chapels on the side. A 53 meters high dome complete this beautiful building.

Piazza Del Plebiscito – Naples

Naples - Piazza del Plebiscito - Monument to Charles III
Naples - Piazza del Plebiscito - Basilica San Francesco da PaolaNaples - Royal Palace - Front ViewNaples - Gallery Umberto I - View from Piazza del Plebiscito

Piazza del Plebiscito is Naples’ most important square. The construction was planned by Joachim Murat King of Naples during the Bonaparte dominion. The semicircular plaza was meant to be dedicated to Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte; however the French were defeat before the piazza was finished. When Ferdinand I regain is throne he decided to continue with the construction, though he converted one of the buildings in a church dedicated to Saint Francis of Paola, a saint who lived in a monastery situated in the same spot few centuries before.

Things to see

The plaza is located near the stunning Gulf of Naples and it was named after the plebiscite that unified Naples with the newly born Kingdom of Italy in 1863. In the east side of the square is situated the beautiful Royal Palace built by Domenico Fontana. On the west side right in front of the Church of St. Francis da Paola stand two equestrian statues, one represent King Ferdinand I and the second one King Charles III.

Piazza del Plebiscito hosted many times unique open-air concerts.