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Tunnelled out of the Capodimonte hillside in Roman times for use as water cisterns, these labyrinthine catacombs were used as a burial site from the fifth century onwards. In 452, the burial of St Gaudiosus - a North African bishop and hermit - made the site an important shrine.

In the 17th century, the Dominican friars that tended the chapel of San Gaudioso in the catacombs built the Greek-cross-plan basilica of Santa Maria della Sanità above it. There's a fine Madonna and child with St Hyacinth, St Rosa of Lima and St Agnes by Luca Giordano in the second chapel on the right.

Catacombe di San Gaudioso/Santa Maria della Sanità


Via della Sanità 124

Transport Metro Piazza Cavour or Museo/bus C51, C52, R4

Telephone 081 544 1305

Open Church 8.30am-12.30pm, 5-8pm Mon-Sat; 8.30am-1.30pm Sun. Catacombs 9.30am-12.30pm daily. Admission €5.

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