Chiesa di Santa Maria del Rosario (Church of St. Mary of the Rosary), Venice

Chiesa di Santa Maria del Rosario (Church of St. Mary of the Rosary), Venice

Záttere, a broad quay that stretches along the Giudecca Canal, is a beloved promenade in Venice, lined with charming cafes, trattorias, and guesthouses. Back in the day, it served as the bustling hub where bulky cargoes arriving in Venice were unloaded onto floating rafts known as "záttere". Today, visitors can access the quay on foot or by taking a vaporetto, the Venetian public waterbus.

The first sight in the Záttere worth breaking a stride for is the Saint Mary of the Rosary church, commonly referred to as "I Gesuati". Initially affiliated with the Jesuit order, this church later came under the ownership of the Dominicans and underwent reconstruction in the early 18th century by the architect Giorgio Massari, known for his collaborations with Giambattista Tiepolo. Notable artistic creations resulting from their partnership include the first altarpiece on the right side and three ceiling panels depicting Scenes from the Life of Saint Dominic, painted by Tiepolo. These ceiling panels are particularly impressive when viewed in the afternoon. To facilitate observation, a mirror on the floor allows visitors to study the intricate details of the figures, their facial expressions, and their clothing without straining their necks. Another attraction inside the church is the emotionally intense "Crucifixion" by Tintoretto, found on the third altar, which happens to be the oldest painting within the church.

Continuing into the district, visitors will encounter another local landmark known as the Squero di San Trovaso, a small shipyard specializing in the construction and restoration of gondolas. Operating since the 17th century, this workshop stands as one of the few remaining of its kind in Venice. The main highlight is a small wooden house displaying a unique architectural style not commonly seen elsewhere in the city; it reflects the typical design found in the Cadore region of the northern province of Belluno.

Tip:
This is one of about 20 churches that can be visited by purchasing the Chorus Pass, available at any of the churches or online. These churches, including Santa Maria del Rosario, house remarkable artworks in their original settings.
On Saturdays at 5pm, the five bells of Santa Maria del Rosario's bell tower chime together, creating an evocative and impressive sound.

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Sight Name: Chiesa di Santa Maria del Rosario (Church of St. Mary of the Rosary)
Sight Location: Venice, Italy (See walking tours in Venice)
Sight Type: Religious
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