The city of Venice, Italy has always been known for its many canals and how it has remained literally unchanged, though slightly decayed in spots, for over six centuries. The city is still known for the romantic charm, heavy visitor traffic, and charming character that it has always been recognized for. One of the more stunning features that attract locals and tourists alike are the many churches in Venice. We’ve listed several of the more popular ones that you should consider visiting should you be vacationing in the city anytime soon.
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Santa Maria della Salute – when you have difficulties getting in to tour the Basilica di San Marco, you will never have a problem being able to tour the Santa Maria della Salute. From the steps of the structure, you have an excellent view of the Bacino di San Marco. Best of all, if you don’t like the crowds of pigeons that flock other places, you’ll enjoy visiting here as it is literally void of these winged creatures.
The church of San Giulian – in Venetian it is called San Zulian and it is located on the Merceria, Venice’s main shopping street. It was originally built in the 800’s but has undergone a number of renovations since then. It is the San Salvador contrada (parish) church and its interior is highlighted by the works of many medieval painters and sculptors such as Girolamo Campagna and Jacopo Palma il Giovane.
The church of Santa Maria del Rosario – although this church has nothing to do with the Jesuit Order, it is referred to as Il Gesuiti, nicknamed “the poor Jesuits” founded in the 14th century in Siena. It is an 18th century church (Dominican) constructed in the classical style with an interior comprised of Rococo décor in its original form. The church is oftentimes confused with the Sestiere of Cannaregio church of the Jesuit Order. Be careful not to do this as the locals find it highly offensive for some reason.
San Nicolo dei Mendicoli – named for Saint Nicholas of the Beggars, the present structure originally housed poor fisherman and dates back to the 12th century. However, the original structure was founded during the 7th century. It is one of only two churches in the city of Venice that feature a covered porch. This porch oftentimes serves as shelter for the poor and homeless of the city and a place where women congregate to pray.
Hotels in Venice
Inn Ca’ San Rocco
Average Price: €80
Average Rating: 9.1
Average Price: €50
Average Rating: 8.5
Hotel Bernardi Semenzato
Average Price: €28
Average Rating: 8