Final resting place of Royal family

A fascinating sight in the sacristy of the early 14th century Basilica of San Domenico Maggiore in Naples, Italy.

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In the sacristy is a long canopied balcony that is home to 38 wooden coffins containing the remains of members of the Royal Aragonese family, including King Ferdinand I of Aragon and King Alfonso I, who died in the 15th and 16th centuries.

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The coffins were originally in different parts of the church, but in 1594 Philip II, King of Spain, ordered that they should be relocated to the sacristy.

The sarcophagi, draped in silk and brocade, are distributed in two rows, one above the other.

The larger coffins of the upper row are identified by the coats-of-arms and the names of those buried inside.

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