This church dedicated to Saint Paul has its roots all the way back to the pagan Temple of the Dioscuri that sat here in the 1st century. The two corinthian columns that frame the doorway are all that remains of this temple. The first Christian church was built here around the 9th century AD. Eventually it became the property of the Theatines (1500s) and one of their founding members, San Gaetano was buried in crypt below the church. His statue sits in front. Though badly damaged during WWII, much of San Paolo Maggiore’s Baroque restyling still remains.

Visit San Paolo Maggiore

Piazza San Gaetano, 76, Naples
Website
+39 081 454048
Church open daily, except Sun 09.00 – 12.00 & 17.00 – 18.00
San Gaetano Sanctuary open daily 09.00 – 12.00 & 17.00 – 18.00
Free

San Paolo Maggiore