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Church of San Giovanni Elemosinario

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Church of San Giovanni Elemosinario

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Guarantee your entry into two of Venice’s star attractions on a skip-the-line tour of Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale) and St. Mark’s Basilica (Basilica of San Marco). Save hours of waiting in line as you bypass queues often in advance of two hours and head straight inside the often sold-out monuments. Discover details you may have otherwise missed, and enjoy special access to the first-floor terrace of St. Mark’s Basilica for panoramic views of Venice.
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Seeking True Quality wrote a review Mar 2019
Europe2,948 contributions832 helpful votes
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San Giovanni Elemosinario was one of the oldest churches in the Rialto area built in the XI. century, but was completely destroyed by fire in the XVI. century and later rebuilt. It is not easy to find the entrance, because the church is completely surrounded by buildings. It is located next to the bell tower almost on the corner of Ruga Vecchia S. Giovanni and Ruga dei Oresi, leading to the Rialto bridge. The altarpiece of this little church is by Tiziano Vecellio, depicting San Giovanni Elemosinario (the Almsgiver). In one of the side chapels there is an altarpiece by Il Pordenone, Tiziano's great rival, depicticting the saints Caterina, Rocco and Sebastiano.
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Date of experience: April 2018
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LairdandLady4 wrote a review Jun 2017
St Helens, United Kingdom1,989 contributions291 helpful votes
Church of San Giovanni Elemosinario :- The name saint translates as St John the Almsgiver, the 7th Century Patriarch of Alexandria - his body is in the church of San Giovanni in Bragora over in Castello. Tradition claims that this church was founded in 966. The first record is dated 1051, but it calls the church 'ancient'. Rebuilt in 1167, and again in the 15th Century, this old church was destroyed in the Rialto fire of 1514 and rebuilt by Scarpagnino (as part of his wider rebuilding commission after the fire) in 1527-29. It underwent much restoration recently and reopened in 2002 after having been closed for 20 years.
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Date of experience: October 2016
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Mmarymomm wrote a review Apr 2017
Pleasanton, California1,718 contributions407 helpful votes
This is a Chorus Pass Church but has shorter hours than the others. Check the schedule. A Chorus Pass gains you entry into 18 churches for 12 Euros and you are given a laminated sheet in your language that explains the history and artwork of the church. This church is kind of hard to find. It is hidden among the market stalls of the Rialto lBridge area. After being closed for a period it was reopened in 2002. Art of note include works by Titian and Pordenone.
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Date of experience: March 2017
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Julian S wrote a review Feb 2017
Binghamton, New York103 contributions26 helpful votes
Another church in a day of church seeing. We did not go inside. I must remind anyone who is exploring the local churches that not every church allows photographs. It is best to ask. That is understandable of course. If I lived in a place with such remarkable artistic treasures I would be rather protective of them myself.
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Date of experience: April 2016
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EgyptophileEngland wrote a review Feb 2016
Burnley, United Kingdom181 contributions607 helpful votes
An elderly aunt who had visited Venice last summer 'mentioned' in passing that some church she'd wandered into near the Rialto had recently reopened and had a Titian altarpiece now on public display. WHAT? We'd not heard of this and she didn't know the name of the church. By pinning her down to get a better idea of where she'd been, she described how she'd "crossed the Rialto bridge, gone behind and to the left of the fruit market........." she had 'discovered' it. My husband spent some time in Venice so knew the area she was talking about and by a process of elimination we also 'discovered' it - though, in our case, with the help of Google and the internet. There was information about the re-opening of the church after restoration, the Titian altarpiece and also about two free concerti...."degli studenti del Liceo Musicale Marco Polo di Venezia" - one of which would be on the evening after our intended arrival in the city. We decided to visit the church and hoped to attend the concert. As a previous reviewer notes, it can by difficult to spot but it is on a main thoroughfare though there is no obvious church facade or entrance. After wandering up and down a little we asked in one of the many shops, were referred next door and the chap there gave us very clear instructions - "on this street, on the right, a small opening and difficult to see." We found it right away. We were still early for the concert so explored the area a little more until we were allowed in. The altarpiece was not Titian at his best though it was by him and therefore still interesting to see. The young musicians in the concert were charming and obviously still learning but as there was no charge and they patently needed the experience of playing to an audience, we decided we'd had a fairly enjoyable evening. Even though we were able to see the Titian and the concert without any charge, we noted that the church was one of those named on our €12 Chorus card allowing one visit to a large number of churches (though not all!) free of charge for a year from the date of validation. The first thing my aunt asked when we got back to the UK was "Did you find it?" The response was "Yes - eventually!" - though even after being told it, she still can't master the name. We hope many more visitors will find it.
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Date of experience: February 2016
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