Chiesa di Santa Sofia, Anacapri

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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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  • Very beautiful church with a churchyard surrounded by benches decorated with majolicas depicting scenes of daily life. Particular is the bell tower with two modern clocks with the 12-hour dial, the other dating back to the seventeenth century with the 6-hour dial in the tile, older and perhaps even more beautiful than that of the square.
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  • Located in the central square of the old town (in pedestrian area) Interior and exterior well maintained and tidy. There are several chapels on the side. It's worth a quick ride.
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  • 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.
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