Chiesa dei Santi Geremia e Lucia

Chiesa dei Santi Geremia e Lucia

Chiesa dei Santi Geremia e Lucia
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Neighborhood: Cannaregio
Cannaregio is the second largest sestiere (district) with its busy Santa Lucia train station. Many transplanted Venetians commute from the outlying areas, “terra firma” to the locals, which is shorthand for any place that is not Venice. Two Grand Canal bridges serve Cannaregio, the newest (Constitution, 2008) still a local hotbed of controversy. Ponte degli Scalzi is a busy link to the train station. Nearby shops on the Lista di Spagna offer specialties like pastries and coffee that lure Venetians with a down-to-earth attitude. The Ghetto, where the Jewish population was segregated in Cannaregio, has five historic synagogues with an active Jewish community. The Fondamente Nove bustles with foot traffic to the Rialto and San Marco while vaporettos (water taxis) head to Murano and other islands. Side streets lead into quiet picturesque neighborhoods and palaces like Ca' d'Oro rise directly out of the water.
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mariesplanet
Monkton, UK57 contributions
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Sep 2023 • Couples
There are churches round every corner in Venice, you could easily just fall into one! This is how we came across Santa Lucia as it’s just round the the corner from our hotel. I’m so glad we did! Free entry (donations welcome) and really interesting - both the story of Lucia and another bit displaying a wooden sculpture of Christ and its history.
Written September 29, 2023
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Alessandro-Pietro
Magdeburg, Germany2,017 contributions
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Feb 2019 • Business
The tourist path close to the northern bank of the Canal Grande passes the Campo (square) San Genesio with the nice church close to the sestiere of Cannaregio. The church forms the imposing conclusion of this wide opening square. The inside is less spectacular compared with other churches in Venice. Its best known for its relics of Saint Lucia. In mediavel times Venice acquired works of art and relics, but sometimes they looted them in pagan lands and in the case of the relics of Saint Lucia even in Byzantium in 1204 p.c.

Written February 17, 2019
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SarahCorell
Emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates5,400 contributions
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May 2015 • Couples
I am not going to lie I am not a religious person normally.

This church felt like it was calling to me and my husband really didn't want to go in yet another church on our holiday.

I insisted. Don't know why I just wanted to go in.

I felt very calm walking in and I was approached by a lovely gentleman who offered to show us around.

I didn't realise that the remains of a Saint were present, I had no idea who Saint Lucy was.

I felt a strange sensation in this church. My eyes started to tingle. WhenI told my husband, the gentleman got excited and ushered us to the area where the remains are kept. He told us about Saint Lucy, how she had been tortured for wanting to give riches to the poor. They had tried to burn her alive but the wood wouldn't burn. All sorts of hideous things were done to her before she was killed by a sword.

Her eyes were removed, but later miraculously restored. Apparently the "story" is that visitors to this church who are pure of heart are often spoken to by Saint Lucy,

Again, I am not a religious person at all so I was taking all this with a pinch of salt.

We left a donation and left. Harldy making conversation. When we got outside there was a beggar and I felt implored to give them something,

Husband agreed and after a donation we moved on. We both felt a strange lifting.

Cant explain it, Don't know why I wanted to go in. Don't know why my eyes tingled. I just felt connected.

Worth a visit
Written May 17, 2015
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Chetwode1
7 contributions
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Jul 2015 • Solo
You may not know it but the custom of advent wreaths is linked to Scandinavian girls wearing a laurel crown with four candles in honour of St Lucy.
I stumbled upon this church by chance and had no idea that it contains the tomb/shrine of St Lucy of Syracuse. I loved the atmosphere so much I went back for Mass on Sunday (@10:00). Not a particularly beautiful church but interesting. Worth a visit.
Written July 9, 2015
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WandaMaria
Springdale, AR1,293 contributions
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Oct 2017 • Solo
I absolutely love visiting this church when visiting Venice. I enjoy it so much that I seek it out and plan my day around going there. It is totally worth it.

My main reason for visiting is to see the incorrupt remains of St. Lucy, located at the front of the church. You are able to step up and around the altar where she is located in order to see her up close. You can spend time there peacefully praying. Both times I visited, there were only a few people in the area so I pretty much was alone during my time there. There are several pieces of literature, postcards, pictures, rosaries and other items which depict the image of the saint just to the left of her relics. These are available for purchase on the honor system. Money is placed into gold boxes for purchases. I also noticed that to the far right of the saint's remains there is a little gift shop. I entered the shop, but no one was there. After I left, a lady stopped by and locked the door to the shop. Even if the shop is closed during your visit, there are plenty of items available for purchase near St. Lucy's remains.

During my visit, mass was in session in one of the chapels of the church. When mass ended, which was around closing time, a woman hastily walked through the church telling people they had to leave as they were closing.

This church is quite beautiful and I believe it would be of interest, particularly to Catholics who are fascinated with incorrupt saints. I don't think they would be disappointed. It is - at least for me - a "must go" to place whenever I visit Venice.
Written August 16, 2018
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SoCalOregonian
Murrieta, CA10,377 contributions
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Mar 2018 • Couples
This church is home to the corpse of Santa Lucia, it is located a short distance from the Stazione given her name. The Chiesa fronts the eponymous Campo and backs up to the Grand Canal. Located inside the church is Santa Lucia de Siracusa in repose in a glass tomb. Also within the church is a clock mechanism from the 1500’s, still operating today.
Written May 28, 2018
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on_the_go_98765
Tucson20,615 contributions
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Jul 2016 • Couples
Born to a Jewish priest in early Israel, Jeremiah was a prophet, born sometime between 700 and 600 BC. He may have been martyred, or not. Things get a little sketchy going back that far. He was known as the weeping prophet because God's gift to him was to prophesy the destruction that would befall the unfaithful people of Israel. It is in his name that the "Chiesa" in Venice is named.

Fast forward a bit ...

The remains of a saint, about 600 years later (give or take some centuries) now reside in Saint Jeremiah's church. Saint Lucy from Syracuse, Sicily, lived and died under the reign of Diocletian, one of the last (if not the last) of the Pagan Emperors of Rome. Her own church was razed in the 1800's to make room for a new train station and thus this new home was found for her.

She is depicted holding a plate upon which her eyes rest; she also holds a palm frond (symbol of conquest over evil) and there may be a sword resting near her (the symbol of her passion). Her martyrdom concluded in her being put to the sword, after her eyes were removed. The 2 versions of how this happened consist of either her eyes being removed before death by the executioners or St. Lucy removing her own eyes in order to deter a suitor who fell in love with her eyes. She is widely revered as the saint of eyesight.

The church is austere and somber. It holds the remains of St. Lucy. The venerated saint lies in a glass enclosure, wearing a silver mask which the future Pope John XXIII had placed upon her face (to protect it from dust). This was relatively recent, having occurred in 1955.

The original church dates back to the 11th century, with subsequent rebuilding, culminating in the 1753 structure seen today. The façade was updated in 1861 but the bell tower dates back to the 12th century.
Written September 4, 2016
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WandaMaria
Springdale, AR1,293 contributions
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Sep 2012 • Solo
This church is located off of the beaten path in the Cannaregio District. If you are a Catholic, a person who enjoys viewing old churches or a lover of St. Lucy, you will enjoy visiting here.

Seeing St. Lucy's remains was the primary reason why I visited. I also adore visiting old churches. I'm very glad I made the trip here.

I visited near the end of the day, so most of the lights were off in the church. I'm not sure if this is because it was near closing time or because they were trying to conserve energy. In any case, when I walked in, there was a mass being conducted in a chapel area to my immediate left.

The relics of St. Lucy are located near the middle front of the church. Her mummified remains are for the most part concealed within a mask/statue, however, her feet are clearly visible from within her glass crypt. This area is very ornate and quite beautiful. There are numerous items concerning St. Lucy available for the taking near where her crypt is located. This includes holy cards, calendars, books, pictures and the like. The church asks for a small donation if you take any of the items. Donations are made on the honor system; money is placed into a little box. There is a motion light in this area which turns off every few minutes if there is no movement. It would be helpful if there was more permanent lighting in this area.

I was thankful for the opportunity to visit this very beautiful church and offer my prayers up through this lovely saint.
Written August 24, 2013
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Ciahasher
Houston, TX1,067 contributions
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Jun 2019 • Friends
Probably the only reason to go in this church is to view the remains of Saint Lucia or Lucy that are on an altar. Legend has it your eyesight will improve if you pay her a visit. I guess she is the patron saint of eyes .
Otherwise, only of interest if you are a church fanatic. They have a mass at 10 am so be aware of that.
Written June 17, 2019
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Tom J
London, UK1,700 contributions
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Apr 2019 • Couples
We stopped by the church of St Lucy a couple of times whilst walking around Venice. Located fairly closely to the train station it is easy to access and has a square out front to relax in and soak up the site.
Written April 16, 2019
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