The seventeenth-century church of Santi Cosma e Damiano reopens in Naples


Baroque church Santi Cosma e Damiano (Saints Cosmas and Damian, two Arab physicians in the town Cyrhus, were reputedly twin brothers, and early Christian martyrs) has been reopened after a long restoration.

The seventeenth-century church of Santi Cosma e Damiano at Banchi Nuovi square in the ancient center of Naples has reopened after twenty years of closure. It was reopened following a long restoration financed with European funds from the UNESCO Great Project for the Historic Center of Naples and will probably be entrusted to the Order of Engineers of Naples.

The church is one of the three churches in Naples dedicated to Saints Cosmas and Damian, martyrs, and doctors who treated anyone without being paid. The other two churches in the city dedicated to the two Saints are located in Porta Nolana and Secondigliano.

A church located in the ancient center of Naples, in the square or largo where the Banchi Nuovi loggia previously existed, which was built in 1616 and then enlarged, exploiting the existing building layout for the fa├žade. After the current restoration, the round arches of the sixteenth-century loggia can be seen clearly.

Inside the church, there is the high altar of the eighteenth century, which was partially looted in recent years, and then many paintings including a painting by Antonio Rimpatta and others believed to be by Luca Giordano that have been moved to the Diocesan Museum or in other places.

It may be a coincidence, but it is a coincidence of a good omen. After twenty years, a church reopens in Naples, during the pandemic era, built in memory of two brothers, Cosma and Damiano, doctors, and saints. Orphaned by a father and raised by their mother alone, from an early age they dedicated their lives to taking care of everyone they met. It is said that before dying they were martyred five times without success. The sixth time they were beheaded. Their miracles were many and their fame spread immediately after the martyrdom. Their story is not well known but devotion in the Christian world is widespread.