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Duration: 30 minutes
Entry Ticket with Guided Tour
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
It was in 1305 that Charles of Anjou, to celebrate the 1000th death anniversary of the saint, donated the gold and silver bust-cum-reliquary of St. Januarius after employing the best goldsmiths in the province to work on it. The work was so impressive that it inspired a legacy of goldsmithing in the area.
You will find statues of important saints in the chapel, out of which 19 are full-figure sculptures made out of bronze. The statues also have corresponding reliquary busts that contain relics from the same saints. There are 54 reliquary busts in total.
The collection of silverware in this chapel is said to be one of the largest in the world.. Don’t miss the chance to view the giant candelabra in front of the high altar that weighs a hefty 150kgs. Alongside this are 2000 ducats donated by the aristocracy of the Bourbon dynasty.
The porphyry high altar is a baroque masterpiece that is etched with scenes from the saint's life, biblical messages, and the return of the saint's bones to the church. The altar features reliefs and sculptures of St. Januaius looking down on the faithful as birds fly above him.
Hidden behind the frontal altar are silver doors and a red drape that hides the strongbox containing the vials of St. Januarius blood. So precious is this relic, that two keys are required to open it. One is held with the Deputation and the other with the Archbishop of Naples.
The chapel is open from Monday to Saturday from 8.30 AM to 1 PM and again from 2.30 PM to 6 PM. On Sundays 8.30 AM to 1 PM and 4.30 PM to 7.30 PM.
The last admission is half an hour before closing time
Closed: Visits are suspended temporarily during the celebration of the Eucharist that happens every day from 9 AM to 9.30 AM. The opening hours of the chapel may also undergo variations due to religious celebrations or special events.
The Chapel sees a large number of visitors daily. Therefore it is advised that you book a slot in the early hours to avoid crowds.
Address: Via Duomo, 147, 80138 Napoli NA, Italy [Find on Maps]
By Metro: Take Line 1 of the Metro to reach the Duomo stop and Line 2 to reach the Piazza Cavour stop. The Chapel is within walking distance from these points.
The chapel is located inside the premises of the Naples Cathedral. There is only one entrance to the Chapel of St Januarius used by all visitors.
Audio Guides: Audio guide facilities that are available in 7 languages can be opted for. Audio guide facilities also come with your purchase of entry tickets from our website.
The chapel is wheelchair accessible with a wooden ramp to access the entrance.
There are no dining facilities at the Chapel of St. Januarius. Try these nearby restaurants for some great food instead.
A. Yes, tickets to the Chapel of St. Januarius are available for purchase online. This is the best way to visit as the tickets are limited.
A. Tickets include access to the Chapel and the Treasury Museum.
A. At present, discounted ticket prices are available for children, students, and senior citizens.
A. There is free cancellation on these tickets which means that you can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
A. The tickets provide access to the Treasury Museum, which houses artwork and artifacts related to the chapel and its history.
A. Although there are no skip-the-line tickets you may avail of reserved tickets that guarantee you entry into the Chapel.
A. A visit to the chapel and museum, while completing the tour can take around 1-2 hours.
A. The chapel and museum are open from Monday to Saturday from 8.30 AM to 1 PM and again at 2.30 PM to 6 PM. On Sundays 8.30 AM to 1 PM and 4.30 PM to 7.30 PM.
A. The Chapel of St. Januarius is located in Naples, Italy, inside the Cathedral of Naples on Via Duomo.