“Racchiusa nel dedalo di antichi tracciati viari, in una corte defilata, quasi nascosta allo sguardo della folla brulicante che quotidianamente anima i mercati della Pignasecca, si erge su un altissimo basamento di scuro piperno la chiesa della Santissima Trinità dei Pellegrini. Nell’austera architettura di questo Tempio – eretto a “Dio Uno e Trino” – e dell’annesso Ospedale dei Pellegrini è sedimentata una plurisecolare memoria di simboli, densa e labirintica come in pochi altri luoghi della città”.

Benedetto Gravagnuolo

in Un percorso tra storia e arte,

Rolando Editore, Napoli 2006, p.43

 

After Via Toledo was completed in the second half of the sixteenth century, the area surrounding the ancient walls, on the slopes of the hill of Vomero, underwent a growing urbanization. Some traces of the ancient Gate still exist in the place names of the city. The street known today as “Via Portamedina” connects Piazza Montesanto – where the Gate was found – to the Lower Decumanus, crossing the Pignasecca neighborhood. It is crowded with people going to the city center by the Cumana railway, the Underground (Linea 2), and the Circumflegrea railway.
On the street, you can find both fresh products in a vibrant market, and any kind of inexpensive goods in several small shops, and therefore Pignasecca is one of the most popular neighborhoods in the whole city.

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At the beginning of Via Portamedina, on the left side, you can see the entrance to the yard of the Ospedale dei Pellegrini (Hospital of Pilgrims), where the SS. Trinità Church and the Museum are located. Here Don Fabrizio Pignatelli established the first greeting place to receive pilgrims, by building the Santa Maria Mater Domini Church, in the second half of the sixteenth century.
Thanks to this ideal encounter between one of the most representative members of the Italian aristocracy and a small group of artisans, the Archconfraternity has played an important role in the religious and social history of Naples.

 

Getting there

41, Via Portamedina

80134 Napoli

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Opening hours

Monday - Saturday

from 9 am to 2 pm

Ph. (+39) 081 5518957

Reservations required

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