"Basilica di Santi Giovanni e Paolo" Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo Tip by Jefie

  Facade of the Basilica di Santi Giovanni e Paolo
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  • Facade of the Basilica di Santi Giovanni e Paolo - Venice
      Facade of the Basilica di Santi Giovanni e Paolo
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  • A view of the basilica's Baroque high altar - Venice
      A view of the basilica's Baroque high altar
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  • One of the basilica's chapels - Venice
      One of the basilica's chapels
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  • Inside one of the basilica's chapels - Venice
      Inside one of the basilica's chapels
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  • Some of the doges' funeral monuments - Venice
      Some of the doges' funeral monuments
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The basilica dedicated to St. John and St. Paul is one of the biggest churches in all of Venice. Its rather sober and narrow brick facade doesn't exactly prepare you for what you find once you step inside - the basilica's nave stretches for several meters, supported by ten enormous stone columns. "Zanipolo", as the church is known to Venitians, dates back to the 13th century, when a Venitian doge decided to build a church that would be worthy of the city's Dominican friars. The church was finally completed in 1430, and from then on the funeral services of the city's Doges took place there. Even though some chose to be buried elsewhere, 25 doges picked Zanipolo as their final resting place, and the church therefore boasts some of the city's most elaborate funeral monuments, including some by Pietro Lombardo, one of Venice's most renowned Renaissance sculptor. The basilica's numerous chapels are also home to great works of art, along with one of St. Catherine of Siena's feet (!). The basilica is open daily and admission costs 2.50 Euros (not included in the Chorus Pass).

Address: 6363, Castello
Directions: In the Castello area
Phone: 041 5235913
Website: http://www.basilicasantigiovanniepaolo.it

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  • Written Sep 4, 2010
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