The Chapel

Historical Archive

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The Historical Archive of the Chapel of the Treasure of St. Januarius contains a rich heritage of documents with which an age-old cult, rooted in the souls of the Neapolitan people, can be reconstructed. From the story of St. Januarius and the saint’s cult to the historical/artistic and architectural creation of the chapel.

The Historical Archive of the Treasure of St. Januarius is one of the few archives which has survived the Second World War, the destructions, the earthquakes. In the archive of the Deputation we can find the documents concerning the commissioning of works from illustrious artists such as Domenico Zampieri and Giovanni Lanfranco, or sculptors and silversmiths such as Lorenzo Vaccaro, Giandomenico Vinaccia and Filippo del Giudice. We can also find the music scores dedicated to the saint, the registers where his miracles have been noted down over the centuries, and extensive testimonies about the patrician families belonging to the old seggi or districts of Naples.

The Archive currently houses over 6000 dossiers and registers, and about 320 books. The Archive, organised on the basis of the 1970s inventory, has been remanaged with the aid of the new technological tools and today boasts 7800 computerised data sheets regarding the individual topics.


The Archive is normally open to the public, subject to prior written request and booking, on Thursdays and Fridays from 8.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. In exceptional cases the offices concerned can be contacted for out-of-hours openings.


  tel 081294764 (Luciana De Maria)

tel./fax 081295884 (Rosa Granato)


The Chapel: more information

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The interior

A gem of art and architecture in the heart of Naples

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The silverware

The largest collection of silverware in the world

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The altar and the tabernacle

Masterpieces of Neapolitan Baroque where the most precious treasure is kept

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A singola story: a pact with Naples

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