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The first document that mentions the church of San Giovanni Evangelista dates back to 1187, but tradition sets the date of foundation in 970 by the Badoer family. The church is located near the Basilica of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari and next to the Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista.

Over the centuries, the building has undergone several renovations, the last substantial ones occurred in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

In 1759, in fact, the architect Bernardino Maccaruzzi modified the Gothic architecture, of which some elements still remain such as the cross vault and the structures of the apse and the presbytery, transforming the church into a single square nave with a flat ceiling, opening two rectangular chapels on the right side of the church and one on the left side.

Even the bell tower in the eighteenth century was radically renovated.

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