Chiesa di San Stae (Eustachio)

Chiesa di San Stae (Eustachio)

Chiesa di San Stae (Eustachio)
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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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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands5,437 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
This Baroque church is dedicated to Eustace who according to legend lived in the 2nd century and refused to worship pagan gods. Convicted to be burnt alive inside a brazen bull (a torture device: a convict would be placed inside a metall bull held above a fire untill steamed to death). A rather bloody story, but very popular during the late Middle Ages when this 11th century church was founded.

The spectacular Baroque facade facing the Grand Canal dates from 1709. Not only the outside, but the interior as well is richly decorated with sculptures. The craftmanship with which they were made is outstanding. I found the painting work by leading artists from the early 1700s less appealing than the three-dimensional sculptures.
Written October 24, 2021
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luvroma2
Reading, PA1,954 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Couples
This 17th century church overlooks the Grand Canal and is located in the Santa Croce district. Inside there are works of art by many painters, including Tiepolo. Entrance was included in my Venezia Unica city pass.
Written October 14, 2015
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@JT3AZ
Phoenix, Arizona4,944 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Couples
Right on the Grand Canal, this church will jump out at you as you go by. The bright and intricate marble and stone early 1700's façade is striking; numerous statues by Italian Baroque sculptors decorate the roofline and prominent niches. In front is a nicely sized (for Venice) waterfront courtyard with steps into the water. Inside are whitewashed walls and some conservative gilding. The paintings by many Italian greats held within are why you visit this church. Most people pass this excellent site right by.
Written April 15, 2016
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IlyaNJ
Marlboro, NJ992 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Standing right on the Grand Canal, this Baroque church has a comparatively understated solemn interior, which probably makes it less impressive than a number of other churches that are part of the same Chorus combined ticket.
Written July 6, 2022
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Rumples
Tucson, AZ11,683 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
It looked like we again would be out of luck in entering the Chiesa di San Stae during our third stay in a nearby hotel. The church hours (Mon.-Sat., 1:45 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.) did not work with our schedule, which had us away from the area for daily sightseeing. But we finally set aside the time to be there one afternoon during our week in Venice and were happy that we did so.

For years, the white church had beckoned to us. It shows off a Baroque facade, complete with myriad statues and columns. A plaque indicates that it was founded in the 11th century but reconstructed in the 17th century. The church seems relatively small when compared with the size of others in Venice. But it stands out because of a superb location, right by the Grand Canal and the San Stae vaporetto stop.

The church always looked somewhat mysterious to me, especially when engulfed in early morning fog, so I looked forward to finally seeing what was inside. We found no lavish decorations. Instead, myriad good-to-excellent paintings drew our attention, displayed beautifully against stark white walls. These include "The Martyrdom of Saint Bartholomew" by Tiepolo; "Torture of St. Thomas" by Pittoni; and Sebastiano Ricci's "The Liberation of St. Peter." Large windows helped to brighten the interior and illuminate the artwork.

Chiesa di San Stae is easily reached by vaporetto or through the back streets of the Santa Croce neighborhood.
Written February 5, 2019
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lawyerFish
Cleveland, OH6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
St. Stae's is different from the other churches in Venice. It has a light and clean feel for a baroque era church, which highlights the art adorning the walls. But here's my tip: spend some time sitting and contemplating the church while you are there. These glorious churches are meant as houses of worship, designed to evoke a sense of the eternal and elevate the spirit. St. Stae's does that - particularly if you let it. Sit in the pew and pray for a few moments. Or, if you are not the praying sort, sit in the pew and contemplate the history of those who attended over the years. Allow yourself to be inspired. St. Stae's is different - take it in. A must see.
Written November 12, 2017
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Maggi713
Baltimore, MD12,303 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Couples
One of the few churches on the Grand Canal, this is the place to come for 18th century Venetian paintings. It features many statues of virtues, saints and angels, and two reliefs on the life of Saint Eustace. It is a perfect example of a Baroque façade. The church often hosts temporary art exhibits and concerts (it’s known for great acoustics) and is also one of the exhibition sites for the Biennale, Venice’s famous biannual extravaganza of contemporary art from around the globe. Chorus Pass Church.
Written August 28, 2015
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snorkelingfan46
Ridgefield, CT214 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Couples
We love architecture, especially the duomos and more important churches that Italy has to offer, so when we arrived around dusk at the St. Stae Vaporetto stop to get to out hotel, we were awe-struck by the façade of this church. The lighting had just the right element of drama to set off the sculptures and columns, all in shades of gray. The following day we came back to see the interior, and it was no less impressive. Aside from small vignettes of color around the perimeter, then interior was predominately gray also, but the high arched windows lit the interior perfectly, and overall it was much brighter than many churches which shade the windows for fear of sunlight damage to the colored interiors. If you get an all day pass on the vaporetto, be sure to make this stop, day or night.... it is most impressive!
Written July 8, 2015
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Steve H
Blackpool, UK94 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
Managed to stumble upon this on our Churches purchase ticket and well worth a visit. Would recommend a visit here.
Written November 29, 2019
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SoCalOregonian
Murrieta, CA10,377 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
Each time we stopped by the church was not open, even though we stopped during the posted open times.
However, this church faces the Grand Canal with a Vaporetto stop in front of the eponymous campo. On the façade are sculptures of Sant’Osvaldo, San Sebastiano and over the portal within the Tympanum is a group of sculptures
Written June 6, 2018
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