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Basilica of San Domenico Maggiore
Cell of San Tommaso d’Aquino

The cell of St. Thomas Aquinas at the Convent of San Domenico Maggiore in Naples was brought to the attention of Friends of Naples in Autumn 2017.With the approval of Br. Francesco Ricci, prior of the Convent, a team of technical consultants and experts evaluated the condition of the cell and its contents.

After careful analysis of the current lighting system, it was deemed necessary to intervene by replacing it.

The Association considers this intervention essential for several factors:

  • to modernise and adapt to current technology systems
  • to improve the quality of the viewing of the works of art and relics.

The Complex of San Domenico Maggiore in Naples is one of the most important monuments of Naples’ historic centre. Thomas Aquinas, one of the main theological and philosophical pillars of the Catholic Church, and a connection point between Christianity and classical philosophy, also lived and taught here. Thomas Aquinas arrived in Naples at the age of nineteen to study at the University, encouraged by the Dominican Giovanni di San Giuliano. He returned to San Domenico Maggiore twice: from 1259 to 1261 and then again in September 1272 to found the theological faculty of the order. In February 1274 he left the convent to participate in the Council of Lyon and a month later, during the journey, died in the abbey of Fossanova at the age of 49. In 1605, St. Thomas Aquinas was proclaimed the eighth patron of Naples.

The relics of the Saint are currently kept in the cell in the Basilica where he lived for over a year.

Time of realisation
September 2020 – November 2020
Goal Achieved
Collection target
€ 22.500
Collaborations and partnerships
MUSEO DOMA – GUZZINI – HOME DECORATION – SANSONE SICUREZZA – BUONOCORE – SIE IMPIANTI – DEL CORE RESTYLING – GIUSEPPE giulia gabriella D’AQUINO DI CARAMANICO
Aperitif at Tommy’s. Conversations on St. Thomas Aquinas held by Prof. Giovanni Ventimiglia.

Giovanni Ventimiglia, professor of philosophy at the University of Lucerne in Switzerland, considered one of the world’s leading scholars of the Saint’s thought, gave four lectures on the life and thought of Thomas Aquinas, one of the most important thinkers in the history of ‘West. You can relive the experience by watching the Zoom recordings.

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