San Biagio Maggiore Church Naples
Address: Via San Biagio dei Librai, 35 (but you can only visit from a hallway though the San Gennaro all’Olmo Church next door) . Ticket price: Free. (Note that prices and times may be subject to change.)
History and description
The San Biagio Maggiore Church started its existence as a chapel founded by Armenian nuns, who needed a place to preserve the relics of this saint.
From the 16th century, the church was run by the booksellers’ (librai, in Italian) congregation. A plaque on the nearby Palazzo Marigliano (Via San Biagio dei Librai, 38) refers to this guild.
In the 17th century, when San Biagio became more venerated, the chapel needed to be enlarged. The reason the saint was so popular is that he was rumored to be able to cure throat pains.
What to see
An internal passage connects the San Biagio Maggiore Church to the San Gennaro all’Olmo Church next door.