There are many variations of this church's name, including Santuario di Santa Maria del Carmine and Chiesa di Madonna del Carmine. There are still remnants of the characteristic Neapolitan Baroque style once popular in this city. Piazza del Carmine, where you find the church, was once a part of Piazza del Mercato - the center of commerce and history in this southern Italian city for many years. The square has seen such major events as executions en masse of Naple's leaders in the late 18th Century, battles between armies of the rebellion and the royal troops in the 17th Century, and the execution of Conrad outside the church itself, by none other than Charles I of Anjou. It is said that 13th-century Carmelite friars founded this religious site after escaping the Holy Land during the Crusades.
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