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The monastic complex of Saint Augustine: photo description (Complesso conventuale di Sant'agostino)

The monastery of St Augustine is located 200 metres to the East of the Royal Palace Reggia di Caserta in Caserta on Largo San Sebastiano. Earlier this building belonged to the monastery, and today it is a Museum.

For the first time the Augustinian order appeared in the Kingdom of Naples in the 13th century - he immediately received the support of king Charles II of Anjou, who even granted the monks the privilege of trading grain. In 1441, the year of Caserta was built the first building of the monastery of Augustinians, which was later built additional facilities for the monks and an interior courtyard with a colonnade. However, in 1652, the year by order of the Pope the monastery of Sant'agostino was closed, and the monks were dispersed. The then Governor of the count of Caserta Acquaviva gave the building the religious complex of the Dominican order who founded the monastery school of music for girls from poor families. In the 18th century, with the support of king Charles III of Sant'agostino is flourishing: the place of the ancient Church of the 15th century were built new, the project which, probably, worked as court architect Luigi Vanvitelli, and in 1767, the year was enlarged and re-decorated the building of the monastery. The current neoclassical facade of the Church was made in the mid-19th century. Inside it has a single nave with barrel vault. On the side walls there are niches with altars and paintings by 18th century artists of the Neapolitan school. On the left wall is preserved the fragment of a fresco of the 16th century with the image of Mary Magdalene. The main altar of the temple was made in the 19th century. I must say that today the Church is dedicated to Saint Sebastian, patron Saint of Caserta. And in the building of the monastery after the restoration was opened a cultural center consisting of the Museum of modern art, the Museum of feasts and traditions, libraries, and drawing classes.