Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo, Venice

Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo, Venice (must see)

The Basilica di San Giovanni e Paolo, known in the Venetian dialect as San Zanipolo, is one of the largest churches in Venice, having the status of a minor basilica. After the 15th century, the funeral services of all of Venice's doges were held here, and twenty-five doges are buried in the church. A huge brick edifice built in the Italian Gothic style, it is the principal Dominican church of Venice, and as such was built for preaching to large congregations. It is dedicated to John and Paul – not the Biblical Apostles of the same names, but two obscure martyrs of the Early Christian church in Rome, whose names were recorded in the 3rd century but whose legend is of a later date. The interior contains many funerary monuments and paintings, as well as the Madonna della Pace, a miraculous Byzantine statue situated in its own chapel in the south aisle, and a foot of St Catherine of Siena, the church's chief relic.

Why You Should Visit:
Less famous than many of the churches that charge an admission fee, it still features a large amount of early Renaissance work in a well-maintained space.
You can find ceilings executed by Veronese and other Italian masters, work by Giovanni Bellini, beautiful altars, marble artworks, etc.
Also a wonderful, quiet square with an outstanding pastry shop just to the right of the church when you are looking at it.

Tip:
Be sure to ask the attendant if you can borrow the pictorial guide book to help you navigate as you walk around.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 9am-6pm; Sun: 12-6pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Map

Sight Name: Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo
Sight Location: Venice, Italy
Sight Type: Religious
Guide(s) containing this sight: Northern Venice Attractions Walking Tour  

Walking Tours in Venice, Italy

Create Your Own Walk in Venice

Create Your Own Walk in Venice

Creating your own self-guided walk in Venice is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
City Orientation Walking Tour

City Orientation Walking Tour

Largely regarded as one of the most romantic places ever built by man, the city of Venice is spread across 118 islands collectively earning it the nicknames of the City of Water and the City of Bridges. Other than the bridges, though, the city abounds in museums, basilicas and other historic sights. For a chance to visit some of these and learn more about Venice, embark on this self-guided walk!

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 km
Dorsoduro Walking Tour

Dorsoduro Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
Titian's Tour

Titian's Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km
San Polo Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
Museums & Galleries Tour

Museums & Galleries Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
Romantic Walking Tour

Romantic Walking Tour

Venice is one of the most romantic cities in the world. It is the perfect destination for honeymoons, proposals and romantic trips. It is impossible to name the most romantic places in Venice because all the streets, canals and corners of this city are filled with romance, passion and love. This tour will guide you through the places where you can enjoy the perfect moment with your beloved.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km

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