Chiesa di Santa Sofia, Anacapri

#6 of 8 in Historic Sites in Anacapri
Church · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The Chiesa di Santa Sofia is located in the Piazza of Anacapri, on the island of Capri, Italy. It dates to 1596 when it replaced Chiesa di Santa Maria di Costantinopoli as the parish church. Some of the building materials and fittings, such as the sacristy and oratorio, were originally in the Chiesa di San Carlo. The church chapels are dedicated to Sant'Antonio, Anacapri's patron saint, and the Madonna del Buon Consiglio. Architectural features include two bell towers and a baroque facade. The wedding of Guiliana DePandi and Bill Rancic occurred at the Chiesa di Santa Sofia.
Santa Sophia probably dates back to 1595–96 on a site where there was an earlier church dedicated to St Charles. The date of 1510 inscribed on the facade is incorrect. Completed in 1642, it became the new parish church of Anacapri replacing Santa Maria di Costantinopoli. The oldest remaining part is the oratory, to the left of the chancel, which was probably built on the remains of San Carlo. In 1698, the church was enlarged with two chapels and the nave was extended towards the square. Further alterations were made in 1706 (Mount of Purgatory), 1765 (facadeoratory] and 1777. The church was officially consecrated in 1790 by Nicola Saveirio Gamboni, bishop of Capri. In 1879, the presbytery was enlarged, providing space for guests.
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  • Interesting little church that dates back to the 16th century. Not easy to find but worth stopping in to pay your respects.  more »
  • This church is Anacapri. All of the churches we saw on this island are exquisite and elegant and this was no exception. If you wishing the island you must go in at least one. The churches are. It.....  more »
  • Anacapri is a fun place to visit, if you are in a vacation in Italy, specially Naples. There are many architectural marvels, and Chiesa di Santa Sofia is One of them. I was at work, so didn't have a lot of time at hand, but it is highly recommended for a short 2 Day trip.
  • Beautiful statues, peaceful and quiet.

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