Another Neapolitan treat

Just up the street a bit from where I was staying in Naples,  is the former cloister of the church San Gregorio Armeno. It’s enormous, covering nearly a city block. From  the 16th century, it provides such a surprise when you enter the not very beautiful gates, which open to this view. 

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It’s a long way to the top!

As you trudge up the many stairs, you can admire the ancient embellishments, such as these.

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The cloisters feature a whimsical baroque fountain embellished with masks, dolphins and sea horses, and two exquisite statues of Christ and a Samaritan woman, by Matteo Bottigliero.

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San Gregorio Armeno Cloister

Photo credit: donight.it

The nuns had a bakery, where you can still see the utensils they used. I do believe these nuns were responsible for the hip expanding, but delicious, pastries known as sfogliati.

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I don’t know what these were used for, but aren’t they pretty?

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The nuns could sit in these little niches to see and hear mass being celebrated. Maybe hear, better than see? I’ll check out the view when I get back to Naples.

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Because they were cloistered nuns in the past, near the main entrance you will find two little doors with revolving platforms that served as the means to receive food, clothing, letters and so on.

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A pretty little chapel was accessed via a flight of stairs.

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A delicate little chapel

There are still nuns living in the cloisters. Among other things, they teach dozens of cute little knee high urchins that call these surroundings their kindergarten.

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It’s well worth a visit, if you ever happen to be in this fascinating city.

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48 responses to “Another Neapolitan treat

  1. I am late to this post – but had to drop a line – cos those stairs – very cool photo – and love the culture here – ciao

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  2. I love old world architecture
    Glad to see you
    How was your Christmas
    As Sheldon Always

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  3. Some people thought I was nuts for wanting to visit Naples. I love Italian food and my friend was explaining to me that the flavors I’m used to are from Sicily and Naples. This made my tummy wanna plan a trip. Now, I really can’t wait for the day when we go to Italy.

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  4. Beautiful, Yvonne. I wonder too what those green bottles were used for. The cloistered nuns might indeed at times been tempted to go for a shifter or two.

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  5. Art,prayer and efficience are what I memorize of the tour of the cloister . Once again you make an excellent guide of an ITALIAN place , Yvonne .
    Thanks you for your greetings and I wish for you and yours a merry Christmas.
    Love ❤
    Michel

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  6. Zbeautiful, but who ever thought cloisters get anyone was a good idea??

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  7. Loved this tour, thanks so much.

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  8. Rob Cherry

    Will you make it to see Karen & Mike this time? She must think we’re all upset with her😀

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  9. I like your selection of photos.

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  10. You make me feel sooo homesick 😀

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  11. Jane

    I covet those beautiful green bottles!

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  12. Andante

    Lovely photos, and very interesting and informative about the church, Yvonne. Getting us all quite Christmassy!

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  13. No no no. Silly phone. I meant to say I like the idea of baking nuns, creating delicious treats. Feel free to delete that first comment. 😀

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  14. Mmmm I like the idea of baking mind

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  15. Just finished reading The Anchoress by Robyn Cadwallader, who does a lot of communicating through shutters, and watching mass through a ‘squint’ hole, so it is curious to now be reading about the cloistered nuns.

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