Complesso Museale di Santa Chiara

Via Santa Chiara, 49/c - Tel. 081.5521597 - Sito web:


The basilica and the monastery of Santa Chiara were built between 1310 and 1340 on a Roman thermal complex of the first century d.C. Originally built in Provencal gothic style, Antonio Vaccaro widely renewed it in baroque style. The 1943 bombing started a fire that almost totally destroyed the Church. Before the facade you find a three ogival arched pronaos; the middle one frames the red and yellow marble portal with the Sancia’s coat of arms. The rose window on the top was opened during the renovation. Today the inside is an only rectangular nave, austere and no transepts with 10 chapels on each side. The Complex , within the Franciscan citadel includes the Opera Museum, the Archaeologic al Area, the majolica tiled cloister and  he eighteenth century Nativity scene Hall. The Museum tells the working facts and the historical-artistic development of the Franciscan monastic citadel. Inside many different finds coming from the Church, the Cloister and the Monastery are on display. In particular, the rooms show the materials survived to the fire that distroyed the Church in 1943. Salvo d’Acquisto’s body awaiting for beatification is kept there.



Open: Mon to Sat - Hours: 9,30
a.m. - 5.00 p.m. - Sundays: 9.30
a.m. - 1.30 p.m.
Tickets fares: Adults € 4,00
students € 2,50 - groups €3,50. Free entrance
to the Basilica.
Services: Disabled access Means of transport:
Metro: Line 1 Dante Station - Line 2 Montesanto
Station - buses: CS - E1 - E2


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