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Angelo Raffaele

Attractions

Tradition has it that this church was founded by St Magnus in the eighth century, but the present free-standing building - one of only two churches in the...

Dorsoduro

Basilica di San Marco

Critics' choice
Attractions, Museums

Often seen as the living testimony of Venice's links with Byzantium, St Mark's basilica is also an expression of the city's independence. In the Middle Ages...

San Marco
FreeMajor venue

Fondazione Giorgio Cini & Benedictine Monastery

Attractions

There has been a Benedictine monastery here since 982, when Doge Tribuno Memmo donated the island to the order. The monastery continued to benefit from...

Gli Scalzi

Attractions

Officially Santa Maria di Nazareth, this church is better known as Gli Scalzi after the order of Carmelitani scalzi (Barefoot Carmelites) to whom it...

Cannaregio

I Frari

Critics' choice
Attractions

A gloomy Gothic barn, the brick house of God known officially as Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari is one of the city's most significant artistic storehouses....

San Polo
Major venue

I Gesuati

Attractions

This church is officially Santa Maria del Rosario, but it is always known as the Gesuati, after the minor religious order that owned the previous church...

Dorsoduro

Il Redentore

Attractions

Venice's first great plague church was commissioned to celebrate deliverance from the bout of 1575-77. An especially conspicuous site was chosen, one that...

Giudecca

La Pietà (Santa Maria della Visitazione)

Attractions

By the girls' orphanage of the same name, the church of La Pietà was famous for its music. Antonio Vivaldi, violin and choir master here in the 18th...

Castello

Madonna dell'Orto

Critics' choice
Attractions

The 'Tintoretto church' was originally dedicated to St Christopher (a magnificent statue of whom stands over the main door), the patron saint of the...

Cannaregio

San Cassiano

Attractions

This church has a singularly dull exterior and a heavily decorated interior, with a striking ceiling (which has been freshly restored) by the Tiepolesque...

San Polo

San Francesco della Vigna

Attractions

San Francesco may be off the beaten track, but the long trek over to the down-at-heel area beyond the gasworks is worth it. In 1534, Jacopo Sansovino was...

Castello

San Giacomo dell'Orio

Critics' choice
Attractions

The main entrance of San Giacomo dell'Orio faces the canal rather than the campo. The interior is a fascinating mix of architectural and decorative styles....

Santa Croce

San Giacomo di Rialto

Attractions

The traditional foundation date for this church is that of the city itself: 25 March 421. It has undergone several radical reconstructions since then, the...

San Polo

San Giobbe

Attractions

Job (Giobbe) has been given saint status by Venice, despite his Old Testament pedigree. The church named after him was built to celebrate the visit in 1463...

Campo San Giobbe

San Giorgio dei Greci

Attractions

By the time the church of San Giorgio was begun in 1539, the Greeks were well established in Venice and held a major stake in the city's scholarly printing...

Castello
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