Chiesa di San Michele Arcangelo

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The church of San Michele Arcangelo in Anacapri is a brilliant example of Neapolitan architecture dating back to the 18th century. Built between 1698 and 1719 on a project by architect Antonio Domenico Vaccaio, the church was erected at will to A famous religious of Capri, Mother Seraphim of God.

The Church has a Greek cross plant, and has an octagonal dome.
Four major apses open in the elongated axes of the cross, while four smaller arches are located in the transverse axes, the transverse axes are closed by round absides.

The Church of San Michele Arcangelo is especially famous for the extraordinary ceramic floor, created by Leonardo Chiaiese, a well-known ceramic abbruzzese very active at that time in Naples. Chiaiese depicted the expulsion of Adam and Eve from Eden by the hand of Saint Michele armed with a burning sword.

Also worthy of the main altar, donated by the prince of San Nicandro and made by Agostino Chirola in white marble, rich in marble inserts and precious stones. The altar on its sides has two sculptures of white marble angels.

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Wednesday April 15th, 2015