Church of the Gesuiti

St Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556) is to be considered the founder of the Jesuit order and it was he who brought it to Venice in 1523 on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem; two years later, he returned to the lagoon city to be...


Church of the Pietà

The church was rebuilt around the middle of the 18th century on a design by Giorgio Massari and dedicated to Santa Maria della Visitazione. The initial project approached the Palladian project of the Chiesa delle...


Church of the Santi Cosma and Damiano

The convent, the part of the complex to be built first, was built towards the end of the 15th century at the behest of the Benedictine nun of the noble family Marina Celsi, former abbess of the monastery of Sant'...


Church of the Scalzi

It takes its name from the Roman order of the Discalced Carmelite friars who settled in the lagoon in 1633 and bought the land in 1649. It is dedicated to Santa Maria di Nazareth, recovering the cult from an image of...


Church of the Spirito Santo

The church and monastery of the Holy Spirit were built in the second half of the 15th century to give refuge and protection to some Augustinian nuns thanks to the commitment of the nun of Santa Caterina Maria Caroldo,...


Ex church of Santa Caterina

The church, often confused with the homonymous temple located on the island of Mazzorbo, was built in the 11th century by Augustinian monks - called "Sacchini" or "Sacchiti" because of the clothes they wore -, who also...


Ex church of Santo Sepolcro

Elena Celsi, widow of Marco Vioni, with a testament dated January 2, 1409, donated her house, which stood next to the Sepulcher bridge, to give refuge to the poor and pilgrims going to the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem....


Ex church of the Santissima Trinità

The church of the Holy Trinity - and the adjacent monastery - were built between the 11th and 12th centuries in the Dorsoduro district, in the last stretch of the Grand Canal that flows into the San Marco Basin. In...


Former church of San Biagio and Cataldo

Of very ancient origins, the place of worship - now disappeared - already existed from the 10th century together with a reception house for pilgrims who went to Palestine, both named after San Biagio and Cataldo, built...


Former church of Santa Chiara

The area where the State Police Headquarters is now based was originally one of the numerous islands that made up the Venice of the most ancient periods. According to the memoirs, in the year 1236 this island was given...


Former church of Santa Lucia

Place of worship of ancient origins (now demolished and replaced by the railway station), some believe it could date back to shortly after the year one thousand while others, including Sansovino, trace it back to the...


Mestre Cathedral (Church of San Lorenzo Martire)

There are two legends that trace the origins of the church back to the 10th century: the first tells us that it was founded by the Bishop of Treviso, Count and Marquis of the Mestre estate, while the other associates...


The Canton Synagogue

Scola Canton

There are two interpretations given for the name of this Jewish Scola: the first, the most original and interesting, focuses on its particular position on the cantón (‘corner’, in English) the other, as often happens...


The Great German Synagogue

Scola grande Tedesca

"Bet ha-kenèset hagedolà Kerminag askenazim" is the legible inscription on the entrance portal of the Synagogue and signifies that we are in front of the ‘great school according to the Germa n rite’, a gift from Joseph...


The Italian Synagogue

Scola Italiana

Five large arched windows symbolizing the five books of the Torah make the Italian Synagogue immediately recognisable from the outside. The most recent of the Synagogues of the Ghetto owes its construction, in...


 The Levantine Synagogue

Scola Levantina

Similar in style to the Spanish Synagogue, this Scola was built in the 16th century by the Jewish community from the Near East. It underwent an initial restoration around 1680 (apparently under the Belluno-born Andrea...


The Spanish Synagogue

Scola Spagnola

It was founded in the second half of the 16th century on the request of a Spanish Jewish community (and probably also by the Marranos and​ Ponentini Jews ) wh​o were fleeing from the Iberian peninsula. They were...


The ex church of San Geminiano

The origins of the church of San Geminiano turn out to be very old - it is believed to date back to 554 - and represents a gift offered by the Greek general Narses to the Venetians for the naval aid received in the...