Friday, November 7, 2014

Treasure of San Gennaro

The Treasure of San Gennaro contains a selection of the most important works donated to Saint Januarius by over 700 years of Popes, Emperors, and European Kings. The works have the highest artistic value: they were made using a enormous amount of precious stones, by the most eminent goldsmiths of the time.

Januarius was Bishop of Naples, and is a martyr saint of the Roman Catholic and the Eastern Orthodox Churches.

Januarius is the patron saint of Naples, where the faithful gather three times a year in Naples Cathedral. Saint Januarius is famous for the miracle of the annual liquefaction of his blood, which, according to legend, was saved by a woman just after the saint's death.
Two major masterpieces of the treasure are the Collana di san Gennaro (Saint Januarius’ necklace) and the famous Mitra (Mitre) made of silver and precious stones.

A total of over 22,000 pieces make up the entire collection.