Basilica di San Giovanni e Paolo and Scuola Grande di San Marco

Basilica di San Giovanni e Paolo and Scuola Grande di San Marco, Venice

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Castello is the largest of Venice's sestieri, which takes its name from the castle which used to lie in this area in the Middle Ages.
The core of the sestiere is undoubtedly the Arsenale, a huge complex which occupies a large part of the sestiere – a sixth of the whole city. This structure represented the power of the ancient Republic of Venice, as it was where its strong fleet of boats was built.
Another majestic building overlooking the whole sestiere is the Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo: this massive medieval church is often called "the Venetian Pantheon", as many doges and other important personalities are buried here. Next to the church is the former dominican convent, which now hosts the city hospital.

Gondolas, canals, lights and colors ... this is Venice, the ancient city on the water, known worldwide for its architectural beauty and its mysterious and romantic atmosphere.


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