Chiesa di San Giorgio dei Greci

Chiesa di San Giorgio dei Greci

Chiesa di San Giorgio dei Greci
4.5
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 1:00 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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  • Γεώργιος Π.
    Athens, Greece22,264 contributions
    Νιώσαμε τυχεροί .
    Σήμερα ήταν μια από τις ελάχιστες φορές , που μας έδωσε η ζωή την χαρά να επισκευθούμε τον Άγιο Γεώργιο των Ορθοδόξων στο εσωτερικό του! Συνηθισμένοι να βρίσκουμε την συγκεκριμένη εκκλησία κλειστή , νιώσαμε έκπληξη . Και σε συνδυασμό με το γεγονός ότι στην αρχή του Δεκεμβρίου , βρεθήκαμε εδώ μια μέρα με έναν ήλιο Έλληνα , νιώσαμε αληθινά ευλογημένοι . Μέσα γίνονταν λειτουργία , οπότε εννοείται ότι ήταν αδύνατον να βγάλουμε φωτογραφίες. Η πρώτη Ορθόδοξη Αδελφότητα στην Βενετία , εκείνη του Αγίου Νικολάου , ιδρύθηκε το 1498 . Η εκκλησία του Αγίου Γεωργίου είναι πολύ μεταγενέστερη , και έχει πανέμορφες διακοσμήσεις και τοιχογραφίες με στοιχεία Νεοβυζαντινά , πχ. μορφές Αγίων χωρίς χρυσό φόντο, αλλά αντίθετα με τοπία , που έχουν αποδοθεί γλαφυρά , με ζωντάνια και παραστατικότητα . Το σήμα κατατεθέν βέβαια του Ι.Ναού , είναι το σίγουρα το θεόστραβο καμπαναριό του , ορατό ήδη από την διαδρομή που κάνουμε για να φτάσουμε στο ιστορικό κέντρο με το βαπορέττο , πολύ πριν απιβιβαστούμε στην Riva degli Schiavoni . Βλέπετε οι πρόγονοί μας οι Έλληνες , απλά δεν ήταν το ίδιο ικανοί και έμπειροι με τους Βενετσιάνους , στο να θεμελιώνουν στο νερό , μέγαρα ψηλά και βαριά σαν κι αυτό . Πάντως για μας έχει κι αυτό το καμπαναριό την δική του ομορφιά ...
    Traveled on business
    Written December 4, 2019
  • 𝓝𝓪𝓽𝔂 ® 👑
    Moscow, Russia108,474 contributions
    Chiesa di San Giorgio dei Greci
    This Orthodox church was built in 1577. The author of the project of the church and its first architect was Sante Lombardo, then the construction was continued by Gianantonio Chiona. The inclined bell tower was built by the architect Bernardo Ondgarin in the late 16th and early 17th centuries.
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 10, 2023
  • Stefano S
    Ludwigsburg, Germany6,301 contributions
    bella e colorata
    la chiesa é molto piccola, ma cmq interessante e come tutte le chiese greco ortodosse, molto colorata.molto interessante la storia della chiesa e della comunitá greca di Venezia, adesso ridotta a 300 unitá.Gentile la ragazza che ci ha dato alcune spiegazioni, particolare il suo campanile inclinato, seminascosta tra il verde, a me é piaciuta molto.
    Written August 14, 2020
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands3,499 contributions
Sep 2021
Built by the Greek community during the 1500s this historic church is still the (only) place in Venice where Greek orthodox services are held. If you enter you immediately notice the difference with catholic churches, as there is a wall with icons typical for orthodox worship. Remarkable is the bell tower that slightly tilts over.

While there has been a continuous Greek presence in Venice since the early Middle Ages, in numbers especially significant after the Ottoman conquest during the mid 1400s, nowadays few Greek Venetians are left. Moreover many have assimilated and are only recognizable, because of their last name.
Written October 16, 2021
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China153,746 contributions
Apr 2015 • Couples
San Giorgio dei Greci is situated on Rio de Greci canal in the Castello district. The church is was built in the mid 16th century to serve the Greek community of Venice and it retains close ties to the Byzantine world as is evident by the interior of the church.

The frescoed wall and screen at the front of the small church are particularly beautiful and worth spending a few minutes to have a look. You can also find several important icons at this church. Sadly, we arrived quite late and were only allowed a few minutes in the church without being able to see them. Next time perhaps.

The small courtyard around the church is pleasant as is the bell tower found there. Interestingly, the bell tower appears to be leaning towards the canal when viewed from a distance. However, from the courtyard you can see that it is standing upright.

Note: While not the easiest church to find, you can see spot its location quite well by looking for the bell tower, which as mentioned appears to be leaning towards the small canal and about to tip over when viewed from places like Riva Degli Schiavoni.

In the end, not a priority church to find in Venice unless you are a member of the Greek Orthodox faith perhaps. However, it is a neat church and we are glad to have finally visited during our last trip to Venice. For those who have made the previously made the rounds in Venice's top attractions, San Giorgio might be a place worth finding.
Written June 8, 2015
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LaVioletteParfaite
London, England15 contributions
Mar 2016
I love this church - it's tiny and nothing like as well-known as others in Venice, but it's my favourite of all, and I always drop in to admire it whenever I visit Venice. Easier said than done, as it is often closed even when it's supposed to be open, so you may need to be persistent to get to see inside! The wall behind the altar is a magical shimmering explosion of golden icons. It's quite something.
Written March 15, 2016
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Daniela D
Ispra, Italy33 contributions
Feb 2013 • Family
This church has a wondeful collection of Orthodox icons. You can recognise the church by the inclinated campanile.
Written March 15, 2013
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Brun066
Florence, Italy11,519 contributions
Nov 2018 • Couples
Venice, a gate between the West and the East throughout history, is probably the Italian city in which the presence of Eastern Christian churches makes more sense. Indeed, the presence of a monastic congregation of the Armenian Church in San Lazzaro islet, since the 18th century until today, is striking. Likewise, this church is significant: it refers to the Orthodox confession, under the supervision of the patriarch of Constantinople.
Who has a minimum familiarity with the events of Christian churches in the Middle Ages and early modern era, knows that the relations between the Roman Catholic church (and therefore also the city of Venice) and the Orthodox Church have been not good, and often very bad. The four bronze horses on the façade of the Basilica of San Marco are revealing about the sacking of Constantinople in 1204 by the so-called "Crusaders", sacking about which it's well established that it did more damage than the conquest of the city by Ottomans in 1453; the cruelty of looting can be explained precisely by the ferocious hate between the two Churches. This San Giorgio dei Greci church itself was built very late, in the mid-sixteenth century, after centuries of prohibitions, having finally obtained the authorization of both the Pope of Rome and the Republic of Venice.
However, we now enjoy the existence of this church, which allows in Venice a precious opportunity for immersion in oriental atmospheres.
We visited the church on Sunday, while the mass was going on, so we were able to attend the solemn and very formal liturgy we had already witnessed on our trips to Greece and to Russia: the priest's passing back and forth through the sumptuous iconostasis, the Communion made by bread and wine, the public seated not across the nave, but in the stalls on both sides of it, the solemn chants in Greek. A show therefore not usual for Venice and Italy.
We also noted the contrast between the interior of the church, rather "exotic", and the exterior architectural appearance, Western and in fact not distinguishable from that of the other Venetian churches.
A visit to the Museum of Icons, adjacent to the church, has finally strengthened in us a pleasant impression of exoticism.
Written November 9, 2018
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David B
Huntsville, AL131 contributions
Sep 2016 • Couples
We stumbled onto this gem while walking in the neighborhood of our B&B. We approached the church and marveled at the beautiful voices coming from within. There was a service in progress so we sat for a few minutes and enjoyed the peace and the solemnity of this gorgeous Greek Orthodox church. As others have said, this church is a testament to the meeting of East and West that personifies the history of Venice. The entrance is very close to a canal and not particularly easy to find, but well worth searching out. There is a beautiful icon museum and a lovely courtyard in addition to a bell tower that leans quite dramatically. Just a note: there is a "no photo" policy here, but it is certainly enough to just sit and enjoy the splendor.
Written October 3, 2016
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NIKOLAOS T
Euboea Region, Greece221 contributions
Mar 2016 • Family
I feel very happy to have the opportunity to visit this historical Orthodox Church. Very interesting building, full of Byzantine treasures . Easy to find, the priest and the chorus were perfect during the 1st Haeretismoi on Friday evening.
Written March 27, 2016
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sombochris
Holywood, UK133 contributions
Mar 2016 • Couples
The icons and paintings in this museum are amazing. The dome of the church is awesome. The bell tower could put the leaning tower of Piza to shame. This is an oasis of tranquillity out of the hustle and bustle of Venice.
Written March 14, 2016
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James840
Cambridge, UK105 contributions
Oct 2014
One of the most interesting of the many small churches in Venice. The great churches (obviously San Marco but don't forget the Frari and Ss Zanipolo) are great but there is much more of intimacy and historical interest in the tiniest you can find. This one is close to S Giorgio degli Schiavoni and has the added benefit of a museum. You can connect Titian (from the Frari) to El Greco (his apprentice) through a magnificent collection of Greek religious art.
Written September 28, 2015
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WelshToro
Birmingham, UK165 contributions
Jan 2014 • Couples
My wife and I penciled in a date to see San Giorgio whilst on our honeymoon some years ago. We are not Orthodox but when you consider the history of Venice and its Byzantine flavour it seemed absolutely right to witness a part of its history and to pay our respects.

We came for the Sunday mass which is sung. It was attended by a small amount of locals and a few foreign orthodox believers. Everybody seemed to know what was going on which is just as well as we hadn't a clue. Everything goes on behind the screen where there seemed to be a lot of activity. The singing was exquisite. The church interior is a beautiful space and it's worth visiting just for that. I'm not sure if it's open apart from service times. One of our Venetian highlights.
Written December 1, 2014
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