Chiesa di San Pietro Martire (Church of St. Peter Martyr), Venice

Chiesa di San Pietro Martire (Church of St. Peter Martyr), Venice

Situated on Fondamenta dei Vetrai, a street deeply rooted in the glass industry (as its name implies), now primarily known as a tourist hotspot, the Dominican church of Saint Peter Martyr ("San Pietro Martire") is one of the two remaining active churches on the island, a significant decrease from the seventeen that stood when the Republic fell in 1797.

Originally constructed in 1363, the church underwent extensive rebuilding following a devastating fire in 1474. Within its walls, a few remarkable paintings grace the interior, most notably Giovanni Bellini's grand and graceful "Madonna and Child" with Saint Mark, Saint Augustine, and Doge Barbarigo. Another altarpiece by Bellini and his workshop, depicting the Assumption, is said to hang nearby; although it has been under restoration for years, it may soon be unveiled. On the opposite side of the church, two works by Veronese, "Saint Agatha in Prison" and "Saint Jerome in the Desert", can be admired.

To the left of the main altar, the Chapel of the Sacrament ("Cappella del Sacramento"), originally dedicated to the angels, showcases four paintings portraying amiable angelic figures. The sacristy, accompanied by a modest museum, is particularly notable for its wood-carvings in the vestry. These carvings feature extraordinary Baroque atlantes representing historical and mythological characters such as Nero, Socrates, Pythagoras, and Pontius Pilate, complemented by the Four Seasons flanking the altar.

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Sight Name: Chiesa di San Pietro Martire (Church of St. Peter Martyr)
Sight Location: Venice, Italy (See walking tours in Venice)
Sight Type: Religious
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