Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo)

Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), Venice

Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo)

Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo)
4.5
Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Churches & Cathedrals
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Neighborhood: Castello
Castello is the largest of the six sestieri (districts), and the only one not facing onto the Grand Canal. More than half of Castello is situated within Arsenale, the naval base, which occupies over one-fifth the area of Venice. This gentrified maritime neighborhood feels busy but casual. Castello’s side streets are laid back, with small boats lining canals criss-crossed by laundry. Semiannual exhibitions add a strong artsy current to the Arsenale area. Via Garibaldi in Castello, with its shops and bars, has one of Venice's rare straight and wide boulevards. When a large ship turns around the Lido to enter the Giudecca Canal, the startling sight creates an illusion that it will run aground right on Via Garibaldi! Families treasure Giardini near the island's tip, green with rare trees and grass, and Riva degli Schiavoni is a popular spot for Venetians to take a stroll to watch the sunset.
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Jeremy B
London, UK1 contribution
Absolutely blown away by the size and space of this baroque gem, your neck might get tired looking up in awe at the amazing roof and altars. It's a great way to escape the heat, while offering a moment for quiet reflection. The staff were also very friendly and treated the church like their pride and joy!
Written July 25, 2022
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PavlaPavla
Chrudim, Czech Republic5,598 contributions
This monumental basiliaca is absolutely worth a visit, it is literally a gem! The huge brick building is built in the Italian Gothic style and from the 15th century it became the burial place of the Venetian doges. 25 of them are buried here. The interior is a wonderful art gallery where you can find works by such greats as Veronese or Giovanni Bellini. The entrance fee is €3.50.
Written August 4, 2022
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lianath
Olsztyn, Poland91 contributions
Absolutely stunning. If I had to choose one church to visit in Venice, that would be it. Lots and lots of interesting details to see. Absolutely do not miss this burial place of the Doges. You can spend a lot of time wandering inside and finding marvelous things to see. Highly reccomend.
Written August 19, 2020
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GAN L
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia8,696 contributions
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After the 15th century the funeral services of all of Venice's doges were held here, and 25 doges are buried in the church. The huge brick building is Gothic style and very impressive. The vast interior contains many funerary monuments and paintings.
Written March 7, 2020
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Chris B
Arlington, VA134 contributions
This is located right next door to the Ospedale, the facade of which is really beautiful. There's a canal that runs right alongside so it doesn't get more scenic than this. It's about 5 minutes walk from the Rialto bridge and quite easy to find. I enjoyed walking round the church with its ornate statues. It was quiet too as there weren't many visitors. It's also served as a backdrop to some television shows but of course, it looks so much nicer in real life :)
Written September 26, 2021
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Violister
3 contributions
This huge, austere church has the tombs of many Doges within. It dominates Castello and sits in a large square, next to the Ospedale. A truly impressive church, well worth a visit in its own right. The interior is vast and imposing. It's a place where you have the time and space to absorb the history and the peace to contemplate the glories of Venice.
Written January 3, 2020
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mckaydarien
Stamford, CT106 contributions
Couples
We wondered into this Church and decided to look around. Ended up spending 3 hours there. Older then St Marks and steeped in history.Convent next door was taken over by Napolean and turned into a school and later a hospital. Helpful sexton Matteo showed us where the bodies were buried. Venetian royalty is all over.St Giacomo Salomoni who passed in 1314 is buried here. St Catherine of Siena foot is here,yes a relic. St Giacomo is Patron Saint of Cancer Victims. Many will come here to pray for Divine Intercession if they or a loved on has cancer.
Do not wait until you need help from St Giacomo go now and make this part of your trip to Venice
Written May 11, 2015
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freedshop
Rockville, MD1,109 contributions
Couples
The first time we were in Venice was 27 years ago, when my husband was attending a conference there. My then 4-year-old daughter and I wandered around Venice without a map while he was in the conference, and one day we stumbled on this church. I thought it was beautiful inside and wanted to take my husband there when he had free time, but I wasn't able to find it again. Fast forward to 2014 and we finally returned to Venice (without our daughter). With the help of the Internet, I was able to locate the church and take him to it. I was afraid it would not live up to my memory, but it did. Although there were other tourists there, it is far less crowded than the main tourist areas, and the neighboring square seems to be a hangout for local moms and their children.

Although we didn't get gelato at the Rosa Salva Gelateria Bar that is in the square, we were happy to find that they had decent WC facilities that you could use without buying something. Just walk in to the left of the gelateria counter and turn right--the toilets are in the back and are free.
Written July 7, 2014
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Craig M
Bristol, UK8 contributions
Couples
Only 2.5 Euros to get in to this magnificent building, right next to the equally impressive hospital. Only 10 mins away from Piazza San Marco yet much quieter and less tourists. The architecture is stunning and it is a must see. It was cold inside (we went in January) so wrap up well if going in the winter.
Written February 1, 2013
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China148,397 contributions
Couples
During a recent trip to Venice, we visited Basilica Dei Santi Giovanni E Paolo (2.5 Euro per person) shortly after visiting the relatively nearby Santa Maria Dei Miracoli. We were very impressed with this attraction located in the Campo by the same name, finding it to be one of our favourite churches in Venice.

This huge and impressive church seems to be off the main tourist trail in Venice. We spent almost 90 minutes here but only saw a handful of other visitors during that time. However, it is difficult to call this a hidden gem considering its centuries of important history the fact that it houses the tombs of 25 Venice’s former doges and other important historical figures. There are also impressive works by the likes of Giovanni Bellini and other artists that can be seen at Santi Giovanni E Paolo. Upon paying the cheap entry fee, you are given a helpful take-home brochure that points out the many tombs and things to be found here.

Overall, we were quite impressed with this church, finding it’s many chapels and things to see well organized and maintained. We also appreciated that pictures could be taken inside, something not always allowed in Venice (or Italy). Lastly, we felt Santi Giovanni E Paolo was a very good value for money attraction considering the entry fee charged to visit. Based upon our experience, we highly recommend Santi Giovanni E Paolo, especially if you plan to also visit Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s Palace) during your trip to Venice.
Written February 23, 2012
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