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"San Sebastiano PART I (I&V)" Top 5 Page for this destination San Sebastiano Church Tip by Zvrlj

San Sebastiano Church, Venice: 3 reviews and 7 photos

  San Sebastiano
by Zvrlj

The site of church of San Sebastiano was occupied by a small monastery and hospice for the poor established in 1393 by Fra' Angelo of Corsica of the Congregation of San Girolamo. An oratory was added to the hospice in 1396. The oratory was enlarged and transformed into a church between 1455 and 1468. In 1506, the architect Antonio Abbondi called Scarpagnino designed a larger building rotated 90 degrees, with a classical facade facing the canal – on the east, unlike the previous, facing the tiny square on the north side; the work was completed in 1548. The church is dedicated to the martyr Saint Sebastian, the captain of Emperor Diocletian's bodyguard, who was sentenced to death in 287 AD after he became a Christian and refused to abandon his faith.

San Sebastiano treasures one of the Venice's major pictorial undertakings – series of 55 paintings created by Paolo Cagliari called Veronese, between 1555 and his death in 1588. San Sebastiano was the parish church of Veronese and he was buried in it. His tomb, which bears his coat-of-arms, is located near the entrance to the sacristy beneath the Bust of Paolo Veronese sculpted by Matteo Carneri in 1631.

To be continued in PART II…

Address: Fondamenta San Sebastiano, Dorsoduro
Directions: The church of San Sebastiano is located in the Dorsoduro area by the Rio di San Sebastiano, approximately one hundred meters from its junction with the Canale della Giudecca.
Phone: 39 41 5282487 , 39 41 2750462 Chorus

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  • Updated Jan 6, 2009
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