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Postcards from Italy: Santa Chiara cloister in Naples

The Santa Chiara cloister in Naples can’t strictly be called a cloister, which you would normally consider as a dark, hushed religious area.
In the style of the sunny city of Naples, this particular specimen is an open-air cloister, beautifully tiled and decorated in true Campanian style.

The Santa Chiara Cloister was founded in 1310 next to a gothic basilica, but it was significantly restyled in the mid-18th century, when the cloister got its exotic, vibrant redecoration.

It underwent more restoration in 1943 after bombing and was completed in a gothic, rather than baroque style.

For more pictures of the beautiful tiles, see Italiannotebook.

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