"The small island of San Pietro di Castello" San Pietro di Castello Church Tip by Jefie

San Pietro di Castello Church, Venice: 5 reviews and 12 photos

  View from the Ponte di San Pietro
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  • View from the Ponte di San Pietro - Venice
      View from the Ponte di San Pietro
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  • On the Campo di San Pietro - Venice
      On the Campo di San Pietro
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  • Small convent next to the church of San Pietro - Venice
      Small convent next to the church of San Pietro
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  • Another city scene around San Pietro di Castello - Venice
      Another city scene around San Pietro di Castello
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As early as the 6th century, there was a small fortress built on the island of San Pietro and it's from this fortress - which no longer exists - that the entire area (or sestiere) got its name. A church was also built on the island early in the 7th century. San Pietro di Castello became the first official seat of the Bishop of Venice, and it remained the city's main basilica until the seat was transferred to St. Mark's Basilica in 1807. The current church of San Pietro di Castello dates back to the 16th century, and access is included in the Chorus Pass. Among the church's many treasures, there is a carved stone seat known as "St. Peter's throne", which probably dates back to the 13th century - the back of the seat was actually made using an Arab funeral stele. Other than the church, its white campanile and its lovely quiet campo, the island is also home to a small convent. There are two bridges connecting San Pietro di Castello to the rest of the city, and both offer really nice views of the surrounding area.

Address: San Pietro di Castello
Directions: In the Castello area
Website: http://www.turismovenezia.it/Venezia/Basilica-Concattedrale-di-San-Pietro-di-Castello-6049.html

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  • Written Sep 11, 2010
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