Naples’ la Ruota Degli Esposti

When recently in Naples, I was eager to see more of “undiscovered Naples.” Our explorations started at the Basilica della Santissima Annunziata Maggiore. 

The Baroque church was built in the 13th century by the Angevins then ruling Naples. In 1317, Sancia of Majorca, queen consort of Roberto d’Anjou, King of Naples, had gifted some land to the lay charitable group, la Congregazione della Santissima Annunziata for the construction of a home for orphans. The 14th century Real Santa Casa dell’Annunziata included a hospital, convent, an orphans’ hospice, and


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