Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo)

Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo)

Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo)
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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
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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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  • davazno1
    Timisoara, Romania481 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see for history lovers , no tourists , no waiting time
    A must for history lovers . 10 minutes walk from St Marks Square , paid 3 euros entry fee . Visited at the height of tourism season on 28 june 23 BUT , there were 10 people inside , so that is good . Hundreds of years of history inside , 25 doges are buried here and many other personalities , generals , artists . Highly recommend it .
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 7, 2023
  • Tommo
    Melbourne, Australia55,340 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely historical church from 1430's
    We discovered Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo during our walking tour. This church is one of the largest churches in the city. It was designed in the Italian Gothic style, and completed in the 1430s. Its a grand old building.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 12, 2024
  • jane b
    Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful church with a warm welcome
    Very beautiful church with exquisite renaissance tombs, but most importantly a very warm welcome. Sampath at the desk went but of his way to make us feel welcome. He is a kind soul who cares deeply about this stunning place and wants to share it with others. Highly recommended.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 27, 2024
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GAN L
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia10,670 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
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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PavlaPavla
Chrudim, Czech Republic6,879 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
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, Poland89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
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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Tommo
Melbourne, Australia55,340 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We discovered Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo during our walking tour.

This church is one of the largest churches in the city.

It was designed in the Italian Gothic style, and completed in the 1430s.

Its a grand old building.
Written February 12, 2024
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jane b
Newark-on-Trent, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Very beautiful church with exquisite renaissance tombs, but most importantly a very warm welcome. Sampath at the desk went but of his way to make us feel welcome. He is a kind soul who cares deeply about this stunning place and wants to share it with others. Highly recommended.
Written February 27, 2024
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Chris B
Arlington, VA166 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
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
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
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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Charles W
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
One of my favourite churches in Venice, sadly not many visitors make the effort to come to see it. Excellent paintings and sculpture with an incredible sense of the serene, peaceful and definitely prayerful. A warm welcome from Sam, Srilankan guy (the verger) on the ticket booth made my visit special. Well worth the effort to get here just a little further than the Aqua Alta bookshop which is very busy at times and Santa Maria Formosa.
Written December 29, 2022
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Moscow, Russia135,491 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
The basilica is designed in the Italian Gothic style and built in the 1430s. This is the main Dominican church in Venice and is dedicated to John and Paul, not biblical apostles with the same name, but two unknown martyrs of the Early Christian Church in Rome, whose names were recorded in the 4th century, but the legend of which appeared later.
Written December 30, 2022
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mckaydarien
Stamford, CT109 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • 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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