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The Cathedral of St. Januarius or San Gennaro is a cathedral church dedicated to St. Januarius – to the heavenly patron of the city.
The temple was founded by Charles of Anjou on the foundations of two basilicas that have preserved fragments of mosaic decoration. The king did not live until the end of construction, the basilica was completed and consecrated under Robert – grandson of Karl.
The main attraction of the church – chapel of St. Januarius. Guido Reni, Domenichino, Jose Ribera and others took part in the decoration of the chapel. In the Minutolo Chapel one can observe the preserved paintings of the 14th century. The church itself contains religious paintings by Luca Giordano and Perugino.
The main relic of the temple – a vessel with the blood of Saint Januarius, which was sealed 1690 years ago. Twice a year – May, September – the vessel is shown to the believer, and at this time, inexplicably, the blood boils, occupying the entire cavity of the vessel.
In case the `` miracle of blood ''; does not happen, the Neapolitans consider it a bad sign and a harbinger of trouble. Thus, in 1527, a plague epidemic broke out in the city, and in 1979 - – there was a strong earthquake.
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