Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista di Venezia

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Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista di Venezia

Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista di Venezia
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Convention Centers
Saturday
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:15 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:15 PM
About
Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista is both a building complex and a lay brotherhood since 1261. The building gradually enlarged as the importance of the Scuola increased from XIV till XVIII century. The venue can be used for different type of events or visited as a museum. In this way the Brotherhood provides the funds for maintenance and restoration of this heritage.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: San Polo
The Rialto Bridge is the most famous sight along the Grand Canal in San Polo, smallest of Venice's six sestieri (districts) and by far the busiest neighborhood. Morning Venetians arrive to peruse the markets for fish, fruit and vegetables, while shops display goods from cheese to wine to desserts. San Silvestro and Rialto Market vaporetto (water taxi) stops add to the steady stream of foot traffic. San Polo is defined by churches including Basilica dei Frari, one of the most important churches sought by art lovers.
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mst1040
Vienna, Austria37 contributions
Sep 2021
As we lived nearby, we passed by this "Scuola" a few times and wanted to visit it once, as we also know other "Scuole" in Venice (San Rocco, Carmini). Unfortunately, this Scuola was always closed when we just passed by - although the website actually told us that it should be open ...
On our last morning in Venice, one last try ...: Closed again!
So I dialled a phone number that I had found on the internet. A very friendly lady picked up and when we explained to her that this was the third time we had stood in vain in front of closed doors, she said to us: "Wait, I'll come down and open the door for you ... ".
She herself was astonished when she saw that the search engine takes you to a page with opening hours that is no longer valid and promised to discuss this immediately with her IT specialist, because other tourists may have been misled here as well.
In any case, the friendly and very competent Scuola employee spontaneously gave us a short special tour - a very nice gesture and a great experience! Many, many thanks again!
(The Scuola is actually only open to the public on a few days. The exact dates are listed on the museum tab of their website. We don't want all Venice visitors starting to beg the Scuola for private tours now ...).
Written September 15, 2021
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Erika
Caracas, Venezuela9,286 contributions
Aug 2020
Nice building. You will find it when you enter Venezia from Piazzale Roma. Is a nice architecture and not as decadent as the rest of buildings in Venezia.
Written September 5, 2020
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Make M
2 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
I was not prepared at all for the beauty and mystery of this place! I chose a guided tour (10 e entrance fee + 5 e for the guide), and it was the best decision, otherwise I would have probably seen the place in 10 mins, missing the magical history behind it. Elena was absolutely wonderful, she speaks perfect English and Italian, and left us speechless while telling us the story of the place, a mix of history, religion, art, politics, war and social habits, it was like travelling back in time and living every detail through imagination, it was an experience that will last in my mind for a long time, and made me curious to discover similar places. Thank you Elena and I hope to see you again soon for another tour!
Written February 19, 2020
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Sorina M
5 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
We took a guided tour yesterday and it was fantastic. The guide Elena took us in past 500-600 years for 1.5 hour and we were so amazed by everything - skilled and smart people, the extreme beauty of the place, hidden secrets, stories about Venice. Elena, this was the best tour we all had in Venice. I highly recommend it, you can find it on the Facebook page of the Scuola
Written February 17, 2020
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TheNYStanhopes
New York City, NY22 contributions
Jul 2019 • Solo
I visited the scuola itself and really enjoyed learning about Codussi, the Renaissance mannerist architect who remodeled the Scuola and is responsible for various great palazzi in Venice. In particular for the grand staircase he employed several tricks of the newly applied/rediscovered principles of perspective to enhance its grace and grandeur in a space that wasn’t actually regular in proportion. The upstairs great room has a beautiful macro pietra dura floor. Its major artworks were removed to the Accademia but I enjoyed seeing the paintings about the life and Revelation of St. John including the 4 horsemen of the apocalypse. You can request a written guide and also there are commentaries throughout the building that are helpful. They let you leave your bags and hat behind the ticket desk, no fuss. I had a reduced entrance for 8 euro, which I thought was very fair. The musical performance tours sounded great but since I am traveling with children I could not indulge. It is peaceful and a pleasant place to spend an hour or so exploring and reading. Across the Street is the church (closed when I was there)and also for the biennale a moving exhibition by the Murano glassmakers that is gratis.
Written July 12, 2019
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Michael K
London, UK416 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
These scuole are a distinctive feature of Venetian society from its time as a republic. There are 6 "grande scuole" left, which were confraternities of lay Christians, possibly like a kind of freemasonry or guild of their day, but more Christian. First, you visit the church, after passing through the marvellous stone screen dating from 1485. Then back to the main building, now effectively a museum on two floors. On both levels are huge halls, downstairs the Hall of Columns, upstairs the Sala Capitolare, which could be a large church, complete with altar, and with a series of large canvases depicting the life of St John. Next door is a chapel containing a fine 15th century reliquary containing alleged splinters of the True Cross. Joining the two floors is a double grand staircase, designed with some clever tricks by Conducci to create a sense of space in a small area.
Written May 21, 2019
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AdelaideTraveller888
Adelaide, Australia439 contributions
Jan 2019 • Family
Its spectacular entryway will capture you as soon as you see it. Made from marble, this Venetian Renaissance masterpiece was created by Pietro Lombardo between 1478 and 1481. Inside enjoy its collection of gothic and Renaissance art.
Written February 14, 2019
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Dave J
San Jose, CA79 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
The scuola has some nice architectural features, but it is not very large. Both the scuola & church can be seen in <1 hour. I wouldn't make this a must see, but if you have time and are in the area, I would check it out.
Written June 15, 2018
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Jonathan
Los Angeles, CA112 contributions
Apr 2018 • Friends
On your way to Scuola Grande de San Rocco, be sure to walk through this school. Not much to see, but the gate is lovely.
Written May 1, 2018
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David D
Cardiff, UK148 contributions
Mar 2018 • Couples
Had some work going on when visiting so not the best looking, but this area is well worth exploring - some great shops and cafes yet with a little more tranquility.
Written March 25, 2018
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