Discover the secrets of Venetian churches
Churches of Venice are a treasure of cultural heritage, each of them being unique in its history and art.
In this section you will find short presentations on the main churches of Venice. Many of them are open for visits, others look permanently closed or have been deconsacrated and are now used for other purposes. Some of Venetian churches are world-famous, while others are more quite and almost forgotten by visitors.
Romanic, Gothic, Neoclassical or Baroque, Venetian churches are definitely an open art book, delighting visitors’ eyes with their white marbles and intense paintings.
Beside a good guide book and an open spirit ready to be captivated, we recommend to wear always appropriate clothes to visit churches in Venice, as visitors may otherwise be denied access.
Sant’ Agnese (Church)
Sant'Agnese church of Venice was built in the X or XI century, and rebuilt in the XII after a fire. It was a place where the consequences of Napoleon's laws concerning…
Sant’ Andrea Apostolo (Church)
Sant'Andrea Apostolo church in Santa Croce neighbourhood was founded in 1329 by four Venetian noble women as the oratory of an hospice for poor women. The annexed convent was housing…
Sant'Alvise church was built in the late XIV century after a dream of the noble woman Antonia Venier, who had dreamed of Saint Louis, bishop of French city of Toulouse.…
Sant'Angelo church in Venice was dedicated to San Michele Arcangelo (Archangel Micheal) and was located on what today is known as campo Sant'Angelo, a wide square close to Santo Stefano.…
Sant'Antonin church in Venice was built in VII century, reconstructed a few times and finally closed in 1982. It was dedicated to Saint Anthony, whose emblem is a pig. A…
Sant’Apollinare / Sant’Aponal (Church)
Sant'Aponal church was built in the XI century by two families from the city of Ravenna who had just settled in Venice. Ravenna used to be the capital town of…
Sant'Eufemia church on Giudecca island was originally dedicated to four saints; of those, only the first name remained. Dating back to IX century, the external porch was added to it…
Sant’Eustachio / San Stae (Church)
San Stae church is dedicated to Saint Eustace - Sant'Eustachio in Italian, then corrupted in this dialect form. The current church is from 1678, architect Grassi; the facade is from…
Santa Fosca (Church)
Santa Fosca church was built in X century to worship the body of the Saint, which had just been brought to Venice. The building was renovated and reconsacrated in 1733, while…
Santa Maria Assunta / dei Gesuiti (Church)
Gesuiti church of Venice is actually consacrated to Santa Maria Assunta (Our Lady of the Assumption), represented on the facade. Built by the order of Crucifers (there is still the…