One of the 3 spires (known as the Plague Columns or Votive Spires) that were erected after the plague of 1656, that killed about 1,250,000 people in (then Kingdom of) Naples, is the Spire of San Domenico. The Spire of San Domenico was erected in order to keep a vow spoken by the citizens during the plague. It's a baroque style topped by the bronze statue of the saint. -Initially commisioned by a Neapolitan architect, Cosimo Fanzago. -Actual construction began in 1658 by a royal architect, Francesco Antonio Picchiati, but suspended it in 1680 concerning about the ruins of the ancient Roman city of Neapolis beneath the site. It was only half of the height that we see today. -The work later on continued and finished in 1737 by Antonio Vacarro.
Naples Life, Death, And Miracles Magazine
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Sept. 05, 2016
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