San Francesco di Paola, Naples

Naples, Italy

San Francesco di Paola, Naples

San Francesco di Paola is a prominent church located to the west in Piazza del Plebiscito, the main square of Naples, Italy.

In the early 19th century, King Joachim Murat of Naples (Napoleon's brother-in-law) planned the entire square and the large building with the colonnades as a tribute to the emperor. When Napoleon was finally dispatched, the Bourbons were restored to the throne of Naples. Ferdinand I continued the construction - finished in 1816 - but converted the final product into the church one sees today. He dedicated it to Saint Francis of Paola, who had stayed in a monastery on this site in the 16th century.



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