The altarpiece shows the glory of Saint Januarius above the city of Naples. It is known mainly for the miracle of blood that has been documented since the 14th century and is still repeated today.
According to legend, under Diocletian, Januarius was thrown into a red-hot oven during the persecution of Christians, from where he came out unharmed. Even wild animals that were set on him lay tame at his feet. Finally he was beheaded.
To the left of the altar stands Charles Borromeo and to the right St. Nicholas.
To locate the Januariusaltar in the Cathedral, click on the image above for a large image (Jan. 2011) of the interior of the Cathedral. You will find it at the front right