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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Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo on 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  

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Lido Island Walking Tour

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San Marco Souvenir Shops

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