Chiesa Santa Maria Maggiore

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The full title of this church, Santa Maria Magglore alia Pletrasanta, Is a reference to a 17th-century practice of kissing the church's pietrasanta (holy stone) to gain Indulgences. Dating to the 6th century, the church was originally built by San Pomponlo, the Bishop of Naples. According to legend, he did so to appease worried locals, who reported sightings of the devil In the form of a pig on the site. The church was modified In the 17th century by Coslmo Fanzago, whose dome Is visible from miles around. The Romanesgue campanile (bell tower) Is one of Naples' oldest, built sometime between the 10th and 11th centuries. Adjacent to the church, the 15th-century (appella Pontano boasts an exgulslte majolica-tiled floor.

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