Its realization derives from the cult of the homonymous saint whose body, in the 10th century, was transported to the island of Torcello; this, according to tradition, seems to be the origins of the building but there is certain information only regarding its first renovation (1297).

It underwent numerous renovations, also due to accidental events: in 1410 a strong storm knocked down the bell tower while in the 18th century a fire damaged the church which could only be rebuilt thanks to the cash contribution of the Donà family.

Inside, it has a single nave, 4 altars on the walls and two small chapels on the side of the square-shaped presbytery.

In the center of Campo S. Fosca there is a bronze statue of 1892 made by Emilio Marsili, a monument to Fra Paolo Sarpi, religious councilor of the Republic of Venice, who was attacked and seriously wounded by papal assassins on the evening of 5 October 1607, for having beaten in defense of the freedom and independence of the Venetian Republic by the interventions of the Papal Curia.

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