San Lorenzo Maggiore is a church in Naples, Italy. It is located at the precise geographic center of the historic center of the ancient Greek-Roman city, at the intersection of via San Gregorio Armeno and via dei Tribunali. The name "San Lorenzo" may also refer to the new museum now opened on the premises, as well as to the ancient Roman market beneath the church itself, the Macellum of Naples.
The church's origins derive from the presence of the Franciscan order in Naples during the lifetime of St Francis of Assisi, himself. The site of the present church was to compensate the order for the loss of their earlier church on the grounds where Charles I of Anjou decided to build his new fortress, the Maschio Angioino in the late 13th century.
BenLeathley | Apr 19, 2018
I would highly recommend everyone to do a tour here, was one of the best guided visits I have experienced (our tour was in Italian, don't know about English, availability and quality-wise). The archaeological site is fascinating and very well preserved, the different strata of Greek/Roman/medieval city building are very visible. The part of the Roman forum is really illustrative of the period, and the arched Greek cistern is especially worth seeing, as such structures are very rare. The church complex is also worth a visit, especially with the information from the tour. Highly recommended!
Mark16T Taylor | Apr 9, 2018
Worth a visit to the underground streets, some dating back to 6BC. Take the tour it's worth it!
Oleg Naumov | Oct 30, 2017
One of the best Neapolitan churches. It's architecture is expressively Gothic. There are a lot of medieval tombs of XIV-XV centuries. Admission is free but any donation is welcomed and highly appreciated. Visitors are allowed to take non commercial photo without flash light.
Thiag loganathan | Aug 12, 2017
Good spot to see some ancient excavations, easy to get there, tickets are reasonable.
DAVID SNYDER | Dec 29, 2016
Beautiful basilica with a wide array of impressive works of art from early Renaissance works from the School of Giotto through Ferdinando Sanfelice's late 18th-century Baroque facade.
Sumit Nath Mukerjee | Jun 11, 2018
A very educative visit but a guide is needed. Otherwise it is just a series of ruins built over one another. But very well maintained.
tim pike | Jun 16, 2018
Hidden gem. Worth leaving Brighton UK just for half an hour here. I ll return. The church is worth a visit but the ancient renains are unbelievable. And there were few there. It was v cool temperature wise.
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