"la Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta (Gesuiti)" Gesuiti Church - Santa Maria Assunta Tip by MM212

  Gesuiti in the fog (Nov 05)
by MM212

More commonly referred to as Gesuiti, la Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta was built by the Jesuits in 1728. The rich Baroque design was the work of Domenico Rossi who had also designed the church of San Stae on the Grand Canal. The Jesuits' association with Venice goes back to their earliest days when Sant'Ignazio di Loyola, the founder of their order, spent time in Venice. However, the Jesuits were expelled from the city in 1606, but returned once again in 1657. They acquired a convent and a small church that once occupied the site of Santa Maria Assunta, where they established their base. The church was demolished to make way for the Baroque structure we have today. The ornate interior contains numerous important works of art, most notably paintings by Tintoretto and Tiziano (Titian), and sculptures by Jacopo Sansovino. Gesuiti is located in Cannaregio, near the northern shore of Venice where the ferry to Murano departs. It is easiest to combine a visit to both on the same day.

Address: Campo dei Gesuiti - CANNAREGIO
Phone: +39 041 523 1610

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