Churches and Basilicas in Venice
St Mark's Basilica
This marvellous basilica is probably the symbol of Venice par excellence. It is located in the famous St Mark's Square, which is a beautiful place from which to admire the rich and complex structure of its facade and cupola.
Santa Maria della Salute
A unique basilica in the most romantic city in the world. The beauty of this historic church lies its appearance, rising from the lagoon, offering a breath-taking view of the splendid baroque facade behind the gondolas sailing on the water.
San Giorgio Maggiore
This is one of the greatest creations by the Venetian architect Palladio. Its sober and majestic Renaissance style make it a delight for the eyes of visitors passing by on gondolas or boats.
The interior is enriched by outstanding and important paintings, like Tintoretto's fresco "The Last Supper".
Santa Maria dei Frari is one of Venice's most ancient churches, as it was built between the thirteenth and the fourteenth centuries. Its remarkable dimensions and its Gothic style give the building a stark atmosphere which leaves a strong impression on visitors. Inside, many artistic treasures can be admired, such as Donatello's sculpture of John the Baptist and Titian's oil painting of the Assumption of the Virgin.
Basilica di San Giovanni e Paolo and Scuola Grande di San Marco
This ancient church is regarded as the Venetian Pantheon, as many doges and other eminent people are buried here. If its facade may look bare and undecorated - typical characteristics of the gothic style - the inside is enriched by many art works by Venetian artists like Vittore Carpaccio and Giovanni Bellini.
It is one of the largest churches in Venice. It is a gothic building and is dedicated to Giovanni and Paolo, the martyrs of the Early Christian church in Rome (not the two apostles).
It is the Dominician church of Venice: the construction of this church was started at the end of the XIV° century by Dominican friars. It was completed at the beginning of the 15th century.
The large interior contains many funerary monuments and paintings as well as the Madonna della Pace, a miraculous Byzantine statue housed in its own chapel in the south aisle.
The church of the Jesuits was built in 1717.1729, 60 years after the foundations were laid. It was the first monastery in Venice. The interior is full of green and white marble, giving the impression that the church is covered in damask fabric.
Santa Maria dei Miracoli
This beautiful church is one of the earliest examples of Renaissance style buildings in Venice. Visitors can now fully enjoy the church, thanks to recent restoration works which returned it to its original beauty.
The Church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli was built during the early Renaissance. The construction of the church began in 1481, with a project by Pietro Lombardo, aimed to provide a worthy home for the icon of the Virgin which had been venerated since 1408.
The available funds far exceeded the costs of construction; thus the procurators decided to expand upon the existing plan. The structure, initially intended as a shrine, was transformed into a monastic institution.
Santa Maria dei Miracoli is also known as the "marble church". It is located in the Sestiere of Cannaregio. This church represents one of the most important examples of the Venetian Renaissance. The interior is enclosed by a wide barrel vault with a single nave.
The nave is dominated by an ornamental marble staircase rising between two pulpits with statues by Tullio Lombardo, Alessandro Vittoria and Nicolò di Pietro.
It is one of the most attractive religious buildings in Europe. One side of its polychrome–marbled facade runs alongside a canal creating colorful and shimmering reflections.
This is another creation of the architect Palladio. It dates back to the sixteenth century, and since then the church has been the centre of the celebration known as the "Festa del Redentore" ("the Redeemer's Feast"), which takes place every July.
The church was born "ex voto" to save the Venetians from the plague, and then when the epidemic was over, the celebration was created.