Chiesa di Santo Stefano
Chiesa di Santo Stefano
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The Chiesa di Santo Stefano is a large Roman Catholic church at the northern end of the Campo Santo Stefano in the sestiere of San Marco, Venice, Italy.
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  • Alessandro F
    Milan, Italy26,172 contributions
    Bridge church
    Rare example of church bridge, under the apse a waterway passes at low tide. This big church give the name at the Campo Santo Stefano and was built in 13th century together with convent friars of Sant’Agostino. The wonderful gothic portal was built in 1442 by Bartolomeo Bono. Inside with three naves with circular and slimy columns. Beautiful monument dedicated to Domenico Contarini on the wall against the facade. The most beautiful paintings are in the sacristy, the Last Supper of Tintoretto and the Baptism of Jesus by Pomponio Amalteo both made in 16th century
    Visited January 2020
    Traveled solo
    Written January 1, 2020
  • Graham S
    Tewantin, Australia4,416 contributions
    Quite unassuming by Venice standards from outside ...
    ... a quick look inside & the church is full of light helped by its towering roofline. Tintoretto paintings are huge & look back down at the congregation. The high ceiling/roof line makes for an airy & light filled area.
    Visited August 2019
    Written January 25, 2020
  • Vadim
    Murmansk, Russia26,404 contributions
    Venetian Gothic with a ceiling in the form of a keel and three paintings by Tintoretto in sacristy.
    Santo Stefano outside can attract a leaning campanella. However, this tourist niche is already occupied by the Leaning Tower of Pisa. In addition, it is difficult to surprise with the curvature of facades and towers due to the precipitation of the foundation in Venice, given what the city stands on. The facade of Santo Stefano also cannot surprise, because it unsuccessfully opens onto a narrow alley. Therefore, it will not be possible to fully admire such a rare Gothic for Venice. The church is remarkable for its wooden vault. There is a feeling that you are under the keel of an overturned Venetian galley. The church was founded in the XIII century by the Augustinians and was part of the monastery until the XIX century. After the closure of the monastery, it became a parish. During this time, the church 6 (!!!) they were re-consecrated once. The first time was almost immediately in the XIV century, when a monk was killed here. And in the XVI century, it broke through. 5 times in this Renaissance century, hot Venetians here settled scores with opponents. Then they suddenly calmed down... Maybe visual agitation in the form of paintings by the great Tintoretto (The Agony in the Garden, The Last Supper and The Washing of the Disciples' Feet, all in the sacristy), maybe threatening inscriptions (a marble slab to the left of the exit from the outside with a warning about being sent to the galleys for gambling, trading and blasphemy). Tintoretto, by the way, is not free - 3 euros. However, if now the symbolic meaning of the church is connected with Tintoretto, then in the old days it was supported by the mortal remains of important nobles for Venice. Doge Francesco Morosini, the winner of the Battle of the Peloponnese and General Domenico Contarini were laid to rest in Santo Stefano.
    Visited July 2021
    Written June 13, 2022
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Gulielmus4
Prospect, KY257 contributions
Feb 2022
Went in the church but didn't stay. I understand it is the third largest monastery church in Venice and looked beautiful. However, when I got inside I took a photo and was yelled at by the attendant not to take photos. I am unsure why they do this if there is no flash--to sell books? Regardless, it is not very wise from a marketing standpoint or to make memories. So, I walked out. Arrivederci San Stefano.
Written February 13, 2022
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TheShis
Tel Aviv, Israel39,348 contributions
May 2022
The church was closed, despite the fact we arrived during its opening hours, so we could just see it from the outside.
Written August 6, 2022
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luvroma2
Reading, PA2,028 contributions
Oct 2015 • Couples
This church was built in 1325 but had major renovations in the 16th century. Within the church sacristy are three paintings by Tintoretto. Worth a visit.
Written October 14, 2015
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ViaBen
Greater London, UK838 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
Santo Stefano is definitely a minor church in Venice and it is easily overlooked as from the outside it is not particularly striking. Indoors it is however a beautiful church with a fantastic ship's keel ceiling, red and white marble columns, Dogi's monuments and tombs.
There is a canal under the altar (apparently accessible to small boats), the campanile looks dangerously tilted and it was probably very 'lively' in the Renaissance as it was deconsecrated a few times after stabbings and aggression that happened inside the church.
(Location map on Tripadvisor is totally wrong)
Written March 25, 2019
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Raffiella11
Leicestershire, UK4,779 contributions
Feb 2017 • Couples
Once you have walked through Campo San Stefano, there is a narrow street at the far end, several outdoor restaurants and shops, and on the right hand side is the imposing church of Chiesa Santo Stefano.

Chiesa Santo Stefano which its huge wooden double doors and gothic exterior is the 3rd largest monastery church in the city and dates back to the 14th century.

Just at the left hand side of this church is a strange exterior, we have seen this before and never quite worked out what this space would be used for – but is very unusual
Written March 28, 2017
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Maggi713
Baltimore, MD12,062 contributions
Mar 2015
Santo Stefano is a real surprise... it is quite serene now. This church was deconsecrated 6 times due to the murders and violence that took place inside the church. The square saw its share of violence as well – it was used to host bull fights. Once inside, be sure to look up – it is not your typically designed church roof – the roof is a ship’s keel built at the Arsenale shipyards. Paintings by Tintoretto and others are housed in the damp sacristy. Another thing of interest, when you go outside take a look at the tower –it looks like it is crumbling and has a tilt to it. Chorus Pass Church.
Written August 29, 2015
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IlyaNJ
Marlboro, NJ974 contributions
Jul 2022
The church is free to enter and its Treasury is a part of the Chorus church circuit. Santo Stefano is a large church (with a notably leaning tower), impressively ornamented and very much worth stopping by.
Written July 6, 2022
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Katie D
Brighton and Hove, UK419 contributions
Mar 2019 • Solo
A nice church at the back of Campo Santo Stefano, looking quite plain from the outside, inside quite pretty, if you want to delve deeper I would recommend getting the chorus pass which allows you access to the museum areas of the churches, otherwise you have to pay 3 euros per church
Written April 5, 2019
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IAN D
Wigan, UK19,464 contributions
Mar 2019 • Solo
This is a large brick church in the square of the same name. Typical catholic Venetian church with some amazing artefacts but not one of my favourites in a city of numerous churches.
Written March 6, 2019
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BigHugh51
Adelaide, Australia3,650 contributions
Jul 2017 • Couples
We had been on a long walk through the heart of Venice's main island. Desperately in need of a rest and a drink to cool off, we had taken a break at an outdoor cafe in the Campo Santo Stefano.
While sitting there, we were able to appreciate and admire the nice, simple exterior architecture of the Chiesa di Santo Stefano. It was a Sunday and consequently, when we had rested and cooled off a bit, we were able to stroll over and visit the interior of the church. Like some of the other churches we had visited in Venice, the interior of this church is beautifully decorated. The features which caught our eyes were the splendid marble columns which were numerous within the church.
As we were pushed for time, we were unable to spend a great deal of time in this church but we left glad that we had popped in to take a look.
Worth a visit if you happen to be passing through the square where this church is located!
Written October 9, 2017
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