The church of Santa Caterina da Siena and the Foundation "Pietà de' Turchini"

Naples Church of Santa Caterina da Siena

The church of Santa Caterina da Siena is one of the seats of the Foundation of Pietà de' Turchini. 

The church is located in the historic heart of Naples and nowadays it is one of the seats of the centre of antique music “Pietà de' Turchini”, which collects the traditional Neapolitan music of the 18th century.

The church of Santa Caterina da Siena

The shrine is both an important historic and architectonic heritage and a place where are preserved precious objects of Neapolitan handicraft. It is located on Corso Vittorio Emanuele, in front of the Funicolare Centrale station, nearby the descent that leads to Quartieri Spagnoli district. The interns house two paintings depicting Santa Caterina and San Giacomo. In addition, the shrine adorned by some famous Neapolitan and Italian artists, such as Francesco De Mura, Luca Giordano, Giacinto Diano, Paolo De Matteis, authors of the altars. The brickwork majolica pavement dated back to 1760 enriches the artistic aspect of the church. Although it was constructed in the 17th century, nowadays the temple shows almost no trace of that period since it has been considerably reorganised and restructured. The only remnant of the old style are holy water fonts placed on both sides of the aisle, with sculptures depicting Santa Caterina and San Domenico, probably executed by the apprentices of the famous Italian sculptor Cosimo Fanzago. Today, the former monastery and its cloister house some of departments of the universitary complex of Suor Orsola Benincasa.

The centre of the antique music "Pietà de' Turchini"

Located in the exceptional building of the church of Santa Caterina da Siena, the centre collects some important works of the 18th-century musicians. The mission of the foundation “Pietà de’ Turchini” is to “promote and broadcast the knowledge regarding the antique music in all its forms, in Italy and abroad”. In order to reach this goal, the centre has been doing research in an unexplored documentation of musical and theatrical shows of south Italy and Naples in particular. Moreover, it organizes concerts, events and didactic activities. Of its particular attention, though, is the Neapolitan cultural, musical and theatrical repertory that, especially in the Baroque period, establishes important relationship with European musical tradition.

Tags: Art and Culture, Architecture, Itineraries