Church of San Giovanni e Paolo

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  • WEBSITE: www.basilicasantigiovanniepaolo.it

  • LOCATION: Castello 6363 - Venezia

The church of San Giovanni e Paolo, an example of Gothic architecture, rivals with the Frari’s church in terms of dimensions and magnificence and for the numerous works of art it treasures. It too is made in terracotta and its splendid façade soars towards the sky. From the 14th century portal, with its columns brought from Torcello, you can admire the impressing naves: they are 100 m long and 32 m high. The internal façade contains 3 funeral monuments dedicated to the Doges Mocenigo, Alvise (around the portal) and Marcello (to the right). In the right aisle you can see, on the second altar, the polyptych of S. Vincenzo Ferreri, an early work by Giovanni Bellini. A bit farther, on the ceiling of the chapel of S. Domenico there is the Glory of St. Dominick by G.B. Piazzetta. On the same side, in the transept, note the Charity of St. Anthony by Lorenzo Lotto, enriched by the light from the wonderful stained-glass windows, and some works by Bartolomeo Vivarini. In the presbytery, behind the grand main altar attributed to Baldassare Longhena, there are other monuments to various doges, such as Leonardo Loredan (right) and Andrea Vendramin (left). The Cappella del Rosario is not always open to the public, but if you have the chance to enter you can see some important works by Veronese.  

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