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San Giorgio Maggiore

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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

San Pantalon

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The dedicatee of this church is St Pantaleon, a court physician to Emperor Galerius, who was arrested, tortured and finally beheaded during Diocletian's...

Dorsoduro

San Pietro in Castello

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Until 1807, San Pietro in Castello was the cathedral of Venice, and its remote position testifies to the determination of the Venetian government to keep...

Castello

San Pietro Martire

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Behind its unspectacular façade, the church of San Pietro Martire conceals an important work by Giovanni Bellini, backed by a marvellous landscape: The...

Fondamenta dei Vetrai

San Polo

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The church of San Polo faces away from the square, towards the canal, although later buildings have deprived it of its façade and water entrance. The...

San Polo

San Rocco

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If you have toured the school of San Rocco and are in the mood for yet more Tintorettos (perhaps after a stiff drink or a lie down), look no further. Built...

San Polo