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    Basilica di San Marco

    98 reviews

    Amazing, iconic architecture that left me breathless. After seeing countless churches that all seem to run together after a while, this unique Byzantine structure really stood out.

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    Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari

    13 reviews

    The Frari's central point is Titian's "Assumption," which is a beautiful piece of artwork. While the exterior of the church is not much to look at, the interior is gorgeous, especially the choir stalls. It costs around 3 euros to tour the place, which goes towards maintenance of the basilica.

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    Golden Altar Piece at San Marco Basilica

    12 reviews

    Beautiful and one of a kind!

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    Chiesa di Santi Giovanni e Paolo

    11 reviews

    our gang 15 to 20 of us eat lunch across from this famous statue every year. Peter Weller (Robo Cop) who holds a doctorat in art history always explains the significance of this staue. We kid him all the time

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    Chiesa di San Giorgio Maggiore

    9 reviews

    San Giorgio Maggiore is a 16th century Benedictine church on the island of the same name, built between 1566 and 1610. The church is a basilica and its brilliant white marble gleams above the blue water of the lagoon opposite the Piazzetta.

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    Chiesa di San Moisè

    4 reviews

    The beautiful detailed facade of Chiesa di San Moise is not to be missed, nor is the wonderfully detail of the church's interior. The gondola service just outside is also fabulous!

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    Chiesa del Santissimo Redentore

    4 reviews

    This votive Church was built in the late sixteenth century, and by votive I mean this Church was dedicated in fullfillment of a vow. In 1575 Venice was decimated by the plague, losing almost 40% of it's population. The Venice governmnent decided to build a Church for those that perished. It was built by the great Palladio!

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    San Lazzaro dei Mendicanti

    3 reviews

    The Church of San Lazzaro dei Mendicanti (St. Lazarus the Beggar) is located in the sestiere of Castello, overlooking the canal of the same name. Today, it is within the main hospital building, and has limited opening hours.

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    Chiesa di San Nicola da Tolentino

    4 reviews

    The Chiesa di San Nicolò da Tolentino, commonly known as the Tolentini, is the home of the Theatines order in the city. The Theatines arrived in Venice in 1527 following the Sack of Rome.

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    Church of Santa Maria di Nazareth

    2 reviews

    Built in the 17th century, the Church of Santa Maria di Nazareth (or of the Scalzi) is one of the first historic sites after entering Venice from the bus stop. Located between the rail station and the Scalzi Bridge, it's open to the public for visitation and service. Just be sure to show the same respect you would in any ...

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    La Pietà

    2 reviews

    I wish we had been able to see a concert at this church, as they are supposed to be great. However, even the exterior is worth visiting.

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    Gli Scalzi

    2 reviews

    The Church Gli Scalzi is the first church that you meet when you leave the Saint Lucia Train Station. Officially Santa Maria di Nazareth, this church is better known as Gli Scalzi after the order of Carmelitani scalzi (Barefoot Carmelites) to whom it belongs. They bought the plot in 1645 and subsequently commissioned Baldassare Longhena to design the church.

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    Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta

    1 review

    There is almost nothing in this small island of Venice apart from this ancient and gorgeous cathedral! A great exampe of venetian byzantine architecture. It was founded around 600 and contains the skull of Saint Cecilia and some great mosaics from byzantine and ravennate school.

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    San Marco

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    Basilica dei Santi Maria e Donato

    1 review

    Murano's greatest architectural treat is the lovely 12th-century Veneto-Byzantine Basilica dei Santi Maria e Donato, just past the glass museum on Fondamenta San Giustinian. Try and visit Murano when the church is open. Inside is a lovely coloured mosaic floor, and dominating the church is a grand Byzantine mosaic in the apse, portraying the Madonna against a gold background.

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    Chiesa di Santa Maria Formosa

    1 review

    The Chiesa di Santa Maria Formosa is in the Castello district right on the border of San Marco. The church was originally built in 639 and rebuilt in 1492. It's not as flashy as other churches in Venice but has a subtle beauty all it's own. We never had the opportunity to go in but we passed is multiple times ...

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    Basilica di San Marco Assunta di Torcello - Campanile

    1 review

    Torcello is according to a few sources where the original Venetians settled. Now the island is mostly abandoned save for a few buildings for tourists and an ancient church complex. It has an eerie, haunted quality about it that makes it much different from the other two big islands that are usually used for day trips. It's farther out than ...

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    Chorus Pass: Churches of Venice

    1 review

    For those history, architecture, and church buffs, the Chorus Pass is a worthy option as it gives access to 16 churches within Venice for a bargain price of 6 euros…and one year to see them all!

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    Chiesa di Santa Maria del Giglio

    1 review

    The Chiesa di Santa Maria del Giglio, otherwise known as Santa Maria Zobenigo, resides in a surprisingly quiet area west of the Piazza San Marco. The church has what is considered one of the finest baroque facades in Venice. The church was founded in the 9th century but was rebuilt between 1678 and 1681. I didn't have the opportunity to ...

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