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Basilica di Santi Giovanni e Paolo
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Italian Gothic, Venetian grace

Santi Giovanni e Paolo is a large and quite remarkable church in the Castello sestiere of Venice. Its vibrant history, awe-inspiring architecture, and invaluable interior pieces of art generate a steady tourist excitement among travelers from all throughout the globe, including ourselves. 

So, here is what we learned from our trip to Santi Giovanni e Paolo, and what we have for you except for our HD drone footage around the place.

Basilica di Santi Giovanni e Paolo: brief historical background

In 1234, Doge Jacopo Tiepolo donated the place where the Basilica of St. Giovanni e Paolo stands today to the Dominicans with an official act. The thirteenth-century church, of which only the lower part of the façade remains nowadays, was soon finished and immediately chosen as a burial place for many important chief magistrates from the country. 

Anyway, the original church was destroyed in 1333, and soon after, the construction of the current church was begun, with many extensions and architectural improvements. Venice’s principal Dominican church was fully completed in 1430 and was devoted to John and Paul – two mysterious martyrs of the Early Christian church in Rome.

From the 15th century on, Basilica di Santi Giovanni e Paolo hosted all of Venice’s doges’ funeral services. The remains of overall 25 doges are nowadays still buried in the temple.

Santi Giovanni e Paolo’s precious pieces of art

As the largest temple in the city and the Pantheon of the Doges, the Basilica of Santi Giovanni e Paolo shines with grandeur and magnificence – both in interior and exterior terms of speaking.

You will first inevitably remark the building’s impressive façade, slowly perceiving the overall copiousness of its tremendous Gothic-style brick construction and the bell tower with three bells.

The amounts of artwork Santi Giovanni e Paolo hosts are legendary. In fact, the temple hosts at least 150 tombstones, 37 funeral monuments, and countless masterpieces by great artists such as Bellini and Veronese. All of them date from the period between the 12th and the 18th century.

The basilica is also famous for having the largest Gothic window with a polychrome stained glass in all of Venice that dates back to the 15th century. 

Planning your visit to Santi Giovanni e Paolo

The Basilica is open for tourist visits on both weekdays and public holidays, Christmas and Easter including. 

Visitors are asked to pay an entrance fee of 3.50 euros for adults and 1.50 euros for children, while these amounts are used entirely for restoration purposes. Guided tours throughout the Basilica di Santi Giovanni e Paolo are offered for double the regular entrance ticket price. 

As for the experience inside the temple – prepare to have your breath taken away by a divine feeling of fascination – for the earthly and unearthly dimensions of Europe’s history and culture.

Castello, Campo S.S. Giovanni e Paolo, 6363, 30122 Venezia VE, Italy

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Italian Gothic, Venetian grace

Santi Giovanni e Paolo is a large and quite remarkable church in the Castello sestiere of Venice. Its vibrant history, awe-inspiring architecture, and invaluable interior pieces of art generate a steady tourist excitement among travelers from all throughout the globe, including ourselves. 

So, here is what we learned from our trip to Santi Giovanni e Paolo, and what we have for you except for our HD drone footage around the place.

Basilica di Santi Giovanni e Paolo: brief historical background

In 1234, Doge Jacopo Tiepolo donated the place where the Basilica of St. Giovanni e Paolo stands today to the Dominicans with an official act. The thirteenth-century church, of which only the lower part of the façade remains nowadays, was soon finished and immediately chosen as a burial place for many important chief magistrates from the country. 

Anyway, the original church was destroyed in 1333, and soon after, the construction of the current church was begun, with many extensions and architectural improvements. Venice’s principal Dominican church was fully completed in 1430 and was devoted to John and Paul – two mysterious martyrs of the Early Christian church in Rome.

From the 15th century on, Basilica di Santi Giovanni e Paolo hosted all of Venice’s doges’ funeral services. The remains of overall 25 doges are nowadays still buried in the temple.

Santi Giovanni e Paolo’s precious pieces of art

As the largest temple in the city and the Pantheon of the Doges, the Basilica of Santi Giovanni e Paolo shines with grandeur and magnificence – both in interior and exterior terms of speaking.

You will first inevitably remark the building’s impressive façade, slowly perceiving the overall copiousness of its tremendous Gothic-style brick construction and the bell tower with three bells.

The amounts of artwork Santi Giovanni e Paolo hosts are legendary. In fact, the temple hosts at least 150 tombstones, 37 funeral monuments, and countless masterpieces by great artists such as Bellini and Veronese. All of them date from the period between the 12th and the 18th century.

The basilica is also famous for having the largest Gothic window with a polychrome stained glass in all of Venice that dates back to the 15th century. 

Planning your visit to Santi Giovanni e Paolo

The Basilica is open for tourist visits on both weekdays and public holidays, Christmas and Easter including. 

Visitors are asked to pay an entrance fee of 3.50 euros for adults and 1.50 euros for children, while these amounts are used entirely for restoration purposes. Guided tours throughout the Basilica di Santi Giovanni e Paolo are offered for double the regular entrance ticket price. 

As for the experience inside the temple – prepare to have your breath taken away by a divine feeling of fascination – for the earthly and unearthly dimensions of Europe’s history and culture.

Castello, Campo S.S. Giovanni e Paolo, 6363, 30122 Venezia VE, Italy

Where is it on the Map?

Castello, Campo S.S. Giovanni e Paolo, 6363, 30122 Venezia VE, Italy

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Italian Gothic, Venetian grace

Santi Giovanni e Paolo is a large and quite remarkable church in the Castello sestiere of Venice. Its vibrant history, awe-inspiring architecture, and invaluable interior pieces of art generate a steady tourist excitement among travelers from all throughout the globe, including ourselves. 

So, here is what we learned from our trip to Santi Giovanni e Paolo, and what we have for you except for our HD drone footage around the place.

Basilica di Santi Giovanni e Paolo: brief historical background

In 1234, Doge Jacopo Tiepolo donated the place where the Basilica of St. Giovanni e Paolo stands today to the Dominicans with an official act. The thirteenth-century church, of which only the lower part of the façade remains nowadays, was soon finished and immediately chosen as a burial place for many important chief magistrates from the country. 

Anyway, the original church was destroyed in 1333, and soon after, the construction of the current church was begun, with many extensions and architectural improvements. Venice’s principal Dominican church was fully completed in 1430 and was devoted to John and Paul – two mysterious martyrs of the Early Christian church in Rome.

From the 15th century on, Basilica di Santi Giovanni e Paolo hosted all of Venice’s doges’ funeral services. The remains of overall 25 doges are nowadays still buried in the temple.

Santi Giovanni e Paolo’s precious pieces of art

As the largest temple in the city and the Pantheon of the Doges, the Basilica of Santi Giovanni e Paolo shines with grandeur and magnificence – both in interior and exterior terms of speaking.

You will first inevitably remark the building’s impressive façade, slowly perceiving the overall copiousness of its tremendous Gothic-style brick construction and the bell tower with three bells.

The amounts of artwork Santi Giovanni e Paolo hosts are legendary. In fact, the temple hosts at least 150 tombstones, 37 funeral monuments, and countless masterpieces by great artists such as Bellini and Veronese. All of them date from the period between the 12th and the 18th century.

The basilica is also famous for having the largest Gothic window with a polychrome stained glass in all of Venice that dates back to the 15th century. 

Planning your visit to Santi Giovanni e Paolo

The Basilica is open for tourist visits on both weekdays and public holidays, Christmas and Easter including. 

Visitors are asked to pay an entrance fee of 3.50 euros for adults and 1.50 euros for children, while these amounts are used entirely for restoration purposes. Guided tours throughout the Basilica di Santi Giovanni e Paolo are offered for double the regular entrance ticket price. 

As for the experience inside the temple – prepare to have your breath taken away by a divine feeling of fascination – for the earthly and unearthly dimensions of Europe’s history and culture.

Castello, Campo S.S. Giovanni e Paolo, 6363, 30122 Venezia VE, Italy

Where is it on the Map?

Castello, Campo S.S. Giovanni e Paolo, 6363, 30122 Venezia VE, Italy

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