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The Museum Complex of the Pilgrims is not only the container of heritage extraordinarily rich in works of art but an open space: here the memory of devotion to works of charity and hospitality meets the complex social and cultural life of the city.
Complesso Museale dei Pellegrini
A hidden treasure in the beating heart of Naples.
The Pellegrini Museum Complex is located in the evocative setting of the popular “Pignasecca” district a few steps from the lower decumanus, also known as “Spaccanapoli”, surrounded by sites of great architectural, historical and artistic interest. Founded in 2008, it is recognized as a Museum of Regional Interest.
It includes two churches, galleries and historic rooms: the sixteenth-century church dedicated to Santa Maria Mater Domini, which preserves the original design of the facade; the eighteenth-century church of the Holy Trinity, the work of Giovanni Antonio Medrano and Carlo Vanvitelli, is magnificent for its unique plan with two octagons connected by rectangles. Also the work of the Medrano are the Holy Land and the walnut briar choir and dome with pure gold motifs designed by the architect Astarita.
From the Trinity church, through the Corridor of the Tombstones, you enter the rooms intended for the life of the Archconfraternity: Hall of the Mandate, Halls of the Vestition, Hall of the Golden Books, Gallery of Paintings. Everywhere there are very valuable works of art commissioned by the Archconfraternity or donated to it: paintings by Bernardino Campi, Carlo Maratta, Andrea Vaccaro, Francesco Fracanzano, Onofrio Palumbo and Didier Barra, Giacomo Farelli, Francesco De Mura, Giuseppe Bonito, Giacinto Diano; sculptural: in bronze the expressive statue of Fabrizio Pignatelli kneeling, by Michelangelo Naccherino; in marble a Madonna and Child by Francesco Laurana; in stucco the scenographic group of the Trinity by Angelo Viva, wooden, the group of polychrome statues of the Passion of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
The extraordinary collection of the Chapel of the Relics, the precious furnishings and perfectly preserved liturgical objects, accompany the visitor along a history that has lasted uninterrupted since the end of the sixteenth century. The Historical Archive, declared in 1988 "Archive of considerable historical interest", full of over 1200 volumes and registers and a large collection of very precious parchments, makes documents of great interest available to scholars.
The Most August Archconfraternity and Hospitals of the SS. Trinità dei Pellegrini e Convalescenti, was born in 1578 to offer hospitality and refreshment to pilgrims and, faithful to the spirit of its origins, has been able to adapt the forms of its commitment over its long history to the changing requests for help from the poorest. Over the centuries, the attention paid to the poor conditions and precarious health of pilgrims evolved, at the beginning of the nineteenth century, in the foundation of a modern health hospital and, when this was absorbed by the national health system (1970), in research of new lands in which to practice Christian solidarity and promote the cultural and spiritual growth of all. Today the "Bernardo Giovino" Outpatient Clinic, the "Fabrizio Pignatelli" Social Educational Center for minors, the "food bank", discreet support for those who bear more than others the weight of the current economic crisis, are the places in which it takes place daily the adherence of the confreres to the spirit of service which is at the foundations of the ancient association. The cultural promotion activity is significant: the Archconfraternity promotes and hosts conferences, debates, scientific conferences and artistic events open to the public.
The Museum Complex of the Pilgrims is therefore not only the container of heritage extraordinarily rich in works of art but an open space: here the memory of devotion to works of charity and hospitality meets the complex social and cultural life of the city.
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Complesso Museale dei PellegriniVia Giovanni Ninni, 44 - 80134 Napoli
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