CHURCH OF SAN GIORGIO MAGGIORE
- LOCATION: isola di San Giorgio Maggiore
The San Giorgio Island Church is a masterpiece of Palladio.
The San Giorgio Island, in front of the Doge’s Palace, on the other side of the canal, is characterize by the presence of a high steeple that offers a beautiful view of the lagoon and by the harmonious mock-classical façade of a Palladian Basilica: San Giorgio Maggiore Church. The steeple dates from 1791 on the model of the St. Mark one. It is surmounted by the statue of St. George. You can either go up by lift or by climbing the wooden stairs. The church was founded in the 10th century and rebuilt on a Palladio’s project starting from 1565, butwas only completed in 1610, 30 years after his death, by Simone Sorella.
The facade, that reminds of the ancient Greek and Roman temples, is characterized by the presence of two different architectural parties, as in the Church of the Redentore, in antithesis to the Byzantine and Gothic tradition that characterizes most of the main churches in Venice. The nave is delimited by 4 columns carrying a gable.
Opening Hours: from May to September 9:30 to 18:30; Sunday 8:30 to 11:00, 14:30 to 18:30. From October to April 9:30-closing at dusk; Sunday 8:30 to 11:00, 14:30-closing at dusk. The church is not open during liturgical functions.
How to reach San Giorgio Island: With Vaporetto n.2 from Piazzale Roma. Stop: Isola di San Giorgio