Designed and decorated by the greatest artists and architects of the time, the Venice churches have become one of the most favorite tourist attractions in the city.
There are more than 250 churches in Venice. Some of them have reached the 1000 year mark today and this without a wrinkle. Scattered along the alleys, the canals and the squares of the historic center, they dot its watery landscape and run the gamut from Byzantine to Gothic to Renaissance to Baroque.
Planning a trip to Italy? Here are my top 6 most beautiful churches in Venice. Note: This is not a sponsored article, it includes purely my personal experience. All photos were taken by me.
The top 6 most beautiful churches in Venice
Basilica of Saint Mark
Built between the 9th and 11th century, and finished during the 13th century, the Basilica of Saint Mark, or Basilica di San Marco, is the largest and most important religious building in all of Venice. The modifications to the Basilica continued on through several centuries, therefore the results of the construction exhibit a mixture of different styles: Romanesque, Byzantine, and Gothic.
Located in the vast Square of Saint Mark, this world-famous basilica is definitely one of the most iconic landmarks of the city and an absolute prerequisite during your visit to Venice.
Opening times & Ticket prices: http://www.basilicasanmarco.it
Address: Piazza San Marco 328, 30124 Venice
Basilica of Saint Mary of Health
The Basilica of Saint Mary of Health, or Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, was completed in 1687 in the Baroque style to a design by the Italian architect Baldassare Longhena. Located in the Dorsoduro district, it stands on a platform made of 1,156,627 wooden pilings.
The church was dedicated to the Madonna, and built to commemorate the end of a terrible outbreak of the plague that began in 1630, and killed nearly a third of Venice’s 150,000 citizens. Every year, it becomes the destination of a religious procession celebrated on the 21st of November.
Opening times & Ticket prices: From Sunday to Saturday, 09.00–12.00; 15.00–17.30. Free admission to the church.
Address: Campo de la Salute Dorsoduro 1, 30123 Venice
The Church of Madonna dell’Orto
The Church of Madonna dell’Orto, or Chiesa della Madonna dell’Orto, located in the picturesque Cannareggio district, was built in the 14th century. It was linked to a monastery of the Humiliati religious order, who preached a return to the origins of Christian poverty.
The church is a splendid example of Venetian Gothic architecture. It contains several interesting attractions for all lovers of art. Among those, stand out the paintings “Adoration of the golden calf” (1546) and “The Last Judgement” (1563), both by the Italian painter Tintoretto.
Opening times & Ticket prices: https://www.madonnadellorto.org
Address: Cannaregio 3512, 30121 Venice
The Church of Saint Martin
The Church of Saint Martin, or Chiesa di San Martino, located at the main square of the Burano island, was erected in the 16th century and consecrated in 1645.
Built between 1703 and 1714 by the Italian architect Andrea Tirali, the Campanile has a square plan and is 6.20 m (20 ft) wide at the bottom and 53 m (173.8 ft) high. Because of land subsidence, it is inclined of 1.83 m (8 ft) respect to its axis.
Opening times & Ticket prices: From 8.00 to 12.00 and from 15.00 to 19.00. Free admission to the church.
Address: Piazza Baldassarre Galuppi 20, Burano, 30142 Venice
Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore
The Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore, or Basilica di San Giorgio Maggiore, located on the island of the same name, was built in the years of 1566–1610 in the Renaissance style to a design by the Italian architect Andrea Palladio.
The Campanile was built in the 18th century in the Neoclassical style. A lift takes you to the top, giving the best view over the city’s rooftops.
Opening times & Ticket prices: From April to October (from 09.00 to 19.00); from November to March (08.30 to 18.00). The last visit to the bell tower is 20 minutes before closing. Sunday visits are suspended from 10.40 to 12.00 during the holy mass. Free admission to the church. Belltower: 6€; reduction for students under 26, seniors over 65, residents and groups (min 10 pax): 4€.
Address: Isola di S.Giorgio Maggiore, 30133 Venice
The Church of the Most Holy Redeemer
The Church of the Most Holy Redeemer, or Chiesa del Santissimo Redentore, located on the Giudecca island, was built between 1577 and 1592 in the Renaissance style. This is another masterpiece of the Italian architect Andrea Palladio which greatly decorates Venice’s magnificent skyline.
It was built as a votive church in thanksgiving for deliverance from a major outbreak of the plague that decimated Venice in 1575–1577 and dedicated to Christ the Redeemer. Since its construction, the Festival of the Redeemer is held every year on the third Sunday in July.
Opening times & Ticket prices: From Tuesday to Saturday, 10.30 to 16.30; Monday, 10.30–16.00. Admission into the Chiesa del Santissimo Redentore costs 3 Euros for adults, and children up to 11 years old are admitted for free.
Address: Redentore, Sestiere Giudecca, 30133 Venice
Visiting Venice and it’s beautiful Catholic churches
I am not very fond of visiting super-overrated places, but Venecia is the exception. It is different and unique. There are no cars on this island, no traffic jams, no polluted air and I really really like it!
Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Classicism… To me, it is always curious and enjoyable to see old church buildings – these stunning masterpieces of architecture and history! Venice is rich in them.
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