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Santi Giovanni e Paolo

Castello 6363 | Campo Santi Giovanni e Paolo, Venice, Italy (Castello)
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Ranked #12 of 218 Attractions in Venice
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Historic Sites, Religious Sites, Churches/ Cathedrals
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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125 reviews 125 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Not as famous as the Frari, but perhaps even more beautiful, this church has exceptional proportions and a luminous gothic apse. it's crammed with tombs of Doges but it is so large and graceful that is doesn't feel cluttered. It is good to sit here for a few minutes and appreciate its exceptional spatial qualities.

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Victoria, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

I didn't go into Santi Giovanni e Paolo itself, but after trying to get lost in Venice, I found myself coming into a large campo, from the back, and it was this campo. I sat at a table in the campo and enjoyed a Spritz ( a must do in Venice) and watched the world go by, focusing on the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Simple but grand - impressive church next to Venice hospital on the north side. Quieter round this area so calm and peaceful. Good restaurants nearby.

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Fairport, New York
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62 reviews 62 reviews
23 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Santi Giovanni e Paolo, known to locals as San Zanipolo, is a gigantic Gothic barn of a church built between 1333 and 1385. While it does not make a unified impression, its treasures are the tombs, monuments, stained glass, and paintings some of Venice's best artists have created to honor Venetian greats including 25 Doges. It's worth the 2.5 Euros... More

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

This is the most beautiful of churches - simple in style from the outside and magnificent in all it's peacefulness inside. It truly is a place of enormous serenity and if it could be defined, holiness. It is a place to truly escape and reflect on the majesty of God who gave men the skills to create such a masterpiece.... More

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London, United Kingdom
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52 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This area is created for people that love venice...the Miracoli church, this San Giovanni e Paolo church that is the biggest in town - with precious paintings- placed in the most beautiful campo of the town ( campo means square), called once upon a time "square of marvellous things". The church seems a ship ready to face the sea!

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New York, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Another beautiful church with lots of history. Special chapels to St. Dominic, and others illustrated with magnificent paintings. Taking the vaporetto to the hospital stop may be preferable to long winding walk from the Rialto. The piazza outside the church is large with a variety of restaurants as well. But that billboard?

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Enjoyed Sunday mass, checked out the artifacts, and enjoyed the church. The priest was especially warm and welcoming.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

It's very picturesque but a bit packed with tourists in July. Everyone coming to Venice has to visit this place.

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

S. Giovanni e Paolo Basilica is impressive. You will need up to an hour to visit it. It is not so close to the ''center'' of the city (St. Mark's Square) but if you have time, go there by all means. Please note that it closes, differently than the other churches, at 6pm. And it is not part of the... More

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