San Lazzaro dei Mendicanti (Church)

A centre for music

 San Lazzaro dei Mendicanti church was built in early XVI century by Mendicant Friars to serve as an hospice.
However, San lazzaro dei Mendicanti church also made a name for itself because, just like La Pietà church, it hosted abandoned young girls to teach them music, and these could later perform in the church. One of their teachers was Vivaldi’s father.
The facade, facing the homonym canal, was designed by Sardi and Scamozzi. The interior houses paintings by Veronese and Tintoretto, and the grave of general Alvise Mocenigo, who died to defend Venetian Cyprus from the Turks.

Being now part of the vaste complex of the Ospedale Civile, the today’s hospital of Venice, San Lazzaro dei Mendicanti church is usually closed to public, being used as the chapel of the hospital.

Castello 6377, Fondamenta dei Mendicanti, 30122 - Venezia
+39 041 52 94 323
Water bus Line 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2, 21, 22 | Ospedale