What Churches is Venice Famous/Known For?
St Mark’s Basilica
Venice is a city with many beautiful churches, up to 250 of them. These are magnificent edifices that have been in existence for centuries, and they play a major role in the cultural existence of the people. We hereby introduce to you Venice’s most famous churches. Patriarchal Cathedral Basilica of Saint Mark or St Mark’s for short is not just a church but a monument of high cultural value. When merchants stole a supposed relic of Mark the Evangelist, the Doge ordered the immediate construction of the basilica to commence. By the year 832, the building was completed and immediately commanded respect within and outside Italy. In the exterior of the church are beautiful sculptures including Horses of Saint Mark-Lysippos, The Tetrarchs, and the Narthex or porch. Interior part of the church is also breathtaking with mosaics telling different stories of the bible. St Mark’s Basilica is the place to be for any tourists that found themselves in Venice. Click the next ARROW to see the next photo!
Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute
Dedicated to the Virgin Mary, this church remains one of the most important and famous churches in Venice, since it was completed in 1687. It’s a place of beauty and glory, associated with the many stories of the period of the plague. It’s an octagonal building with two domes in the exterior and bell-towers that are just too magnificent. Erected in honor of the Virgin Mary is a statue of hers at the apex of the pediments, while the facades are decorated with beautiful statues of the evangelists Mark, Matthew, John, and Luke. Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute is known as the casket of Venice due to its construction style of being covered completely. What many people like about the church is the simplicity and the historical aspect that creates value for tourism and those who want to learn about Venice. It’s also a prime example of early Venetian Renaissance with colored marble, a false colonnade, walls (pilasters), and a semicircular pediment. When you get inside the church, you have no choice but to marvel at the amazing work that went into creating such an elaborate piece of artwork that has survived for centuries. Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute has an altar that is charming and inviting, and if you’re lucky, you might witness their frequently held musical concerts. Click the next ARROW to see the next photo!
Santi Giovanni E Paolo
Venetians call it San Zanipolo while the rest of the world sees it as an incredible work of art. Santi Giovanni e Paolo is a mini basilica in Venice, serving as the burial site of about 25 doges after the 15th century. It’s filled with so many beautiful and priceless relics and paintings. One of the top artworks in the church is SS Vincent Ferrer, Christopher, and Sebastian, by Giovanni Bellini. There is also the magnificent Cima da Conegliano who contributed the Coronation of the Virgin, while The Great West Doorway is delivered by Bartolomeo Bon. It’s a place that will capture your soul and take you into another realm.