Church of Gesù Nuovo


New Jesus is located just outside the western boundary of the historic center of the city. The square is a result of the expansion of the city to the West beginning in the early 16th-century under the rule of Spanish viceroy Pedro Alvarez de Toledo. It was originally a palace built in 1470 for Roberto Sanseverino, Prince of Salerno.The new church retained the unusual facade, originally built for the palace, faced with rustic ashlar diamond projections, called bossange. The Bossage (uncut stone that is laid in place in a building, projecting outward from the building) and the external portal were not modified and are still visible today, while the interior and the garden were completely overturned. The interior has all the characteristics of the Neapolitan Baroque: numerous of frescoes, sumptuous decorations in gold, complex ornaments of the pavement and the cupola. The legend said that the church was cursed from the signs made on the main façade. On each “dowel”you can indeed notice musical notes, identified as esoteric symbols that, according to a legend, were placed on the wrong side. Indeed, the church underwent various misfortunes in time like the fire in 1639 and the collapse of the dome in 1688. It was also severely damaged during the Second World War when a bomb, currently preserved and exposed in the building, crashed on the church but did not explode!


From Monday to Saturday

From 9:00 to 12:30 and from 17:00 to 19:15


From 08:30 to 13:30 and from 16:30 to 19:30








If you love legends, magic and mysteries, book an esoteric tour to better appreciate this incredible Church

How to get there


Piazza del Gesù Nuovo, 2, 80134 Napoli NA

Public transport

From Piazza Garibaldi take metro Line 1 and get off at Università. Then 11 minutes on foot.

From Naples Airport take Alibus and get off at Piazza Garibaldi. Take metro Line 1 and get off at Università. Then 11 minutes on foot.

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