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San Giovanni e Paolo

Listed under Churches & Abbeys in Venice, Italy.

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On of Venice’s largest churches, this Gothic, rosy bricked, Dominican church looks a lot more ‘built for purpose’ than some of Venice’s others. Boxy on the outside, inside the church is open, lofty, light and graceful, and built for large congregations. Built in the 13th century and consecrated in 1430 this was a church of the people and a lot of poorer people were giving faith here.

A church’s importance used to be tied up to the relics it housed as well and the number of worshippers it had and this one has a foot of St. Catherine of Siena and a Madonna della Pace statue made in the Byzantine period. It also has some important people interred in its grounds, including most importantly, 25 of Venice’s Doges and the inside is decorated with art works and murals by notable artists.

Written by  World Reviewer Staff.

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