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San Francesco della Vigna

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

San Giorgio Maggiore

Critics' choice
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This unique spot cried out for a masterpiece. Palladio provided it. This was his first complete solo church; it demonstrates how confident he was in his...

FreeMajor venue

San Giovanni Crisostomo

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This small church by Mauro Codussi is dedicated to St John Chrysostomos, archbishop of Constantinople, and shows a Byzantine influence in its Greek-cross...

Cannaregio

San Giovanni Decollato (San Zan Degolà)

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The church of Headless Saint John - or San Zan Degolà in Venetian dialect - is a good building to visit if you want a relief from the usual Baroque excesses...

Santa Croce

San Giovanni Elemosinario

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This small Renaissance church - a Greek cross within a square - was founded in the ninth or tenth century but rebuilt after a fire in 1514, probably by...

San Polo

San Giovanni in Bragora

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San Giovanni in Bragora (the meaning of bragora is obscure) is an intimate Gothic structure. The church where composer Antonio Vivaldi was baptised (a copy...

Castello

San Marcuola

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There was no such person as St Marcuola; the name is a local mangling of the over-complicated santi Ermagora e Fortunato, two early martyrs. The church,...

Cannaregio

San Marziale

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The real joy of this church is its ceiling, with its four luminous paintings (1700-05) by the vivacious colourist Sebastiano Ricci. Two of them depict God...

Cannaregio

San Moisè

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The Baroque façade of San Moisè has been lambasted by just about everybody as one of Venice's truly ugly pieces of architecture. Inside, an extravagant...

San Marco

San Nicolò da Tolentino

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This church (1591-95), usually known as I Tolentini, was designed by Vincenzo Scamozzi. Its unfinished façade has a massive Corinthian portico (1706-14)...

Santa Croce

San Nicolò dei Mendicoli

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San Nicolò is one of the few Venetian churches to have maintained its 13th-century Veneto-Byzantine structure, despite numerous refurbishments over the...

Dorsoduro
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