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This site grew out of my frustration that there wasn't a site like it, or indeed a comprehensive book devoted to Venice's churches available in English.

The churches are divided up by sestiere - the six 'boroughs' of Venice established in the 12th Century. I've added an extra page for Giudecca, which is not a sestiere - it's actually part of Dorsoduro - but is a separate enough entity to deserve one I think. There are also pages devoted to the islands and to demolished churches, the latter page being still unfinished. Artists, architects and saints might get their own pages at some time in the future. I suppose I must point out that, contradictory (and maybe even contrary) as it may seem to some, this is a religion-free site. My interest is artistic, historical, and also non-pompous. I am respectful of others' beliefs, usually, and expect them to be respectful of my personal convictions too.

Each church's history is told, followed by a description of its architecture, artistic highlights, unique features, the art it has lost and any interesting stories. The degree to which each topic is covered will vary, depending on the information available and what makes each church interesting and worth visiting, as will the amount of personal observation and opinion in each piece. The latter depends on my having visited the church, and how recently, and it's this aspect that will keep the site improving for a good long while, I think. My intention is to tell you what makes each church special, rather than to list all of its features and contents.  As I progress I'm finding that I'm becoming more interested in digging out the sparse facts about forgotten churches rather than writing about the churches that are well-enough covered elsewhere. Also I'm finding that on later visits experience and education is making me notice different things. Each entry also tells you the nearest vaporetto stop and a link to it's position on a special Google map. And then there's the opening times - I'll endeavour to keep these times as accurate as possible, but it's always a good idea to check before travelling, and to be prepared for disappointment.

The photos are mostly mine, except where noted.

There's also an alphabetical list of all the churches and a page giving  my sources

NEWS
September 2015
A NEW THING
The best churches now have a page to themselves.
Done so far:
Frari
Madonna dellí Orto
San Francesco della Vigna
San Giorgio Maggiore
San Pantalon
San Salvador
San Zaccaria

San Zanipolo
Santa Maria Formosa

April 2016
Having just come back from Brescia and Bergamo, and having visited a few of their many mighty interesting churches, I'm thinking that, what with having already expanded into Verona and Padua, the next stage might be pages devoted to Brescia and Bergamo, with maybe some rebranding as
The Churches of Venice (and the Veneto)
But before that (next month) I'm taking myself to Padua to get that page into better shape, with a few days in Venice too, to begin a page devoted to the Scuole.
Busy, busy!


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