I have a limited time in Venice and would like to know which churches are the favorites to visit!
We really enjoyed the Chiesa dei Frari (Frari Church). Wonderful art inside.
What is a "favorite" is a matter of taste, of course. The most important church in Venice, by far, is St. Marks, and it is real must-see in spite of crowds, lines, et al. Personally, I think the prettiest church in Venice is Santa Maria dei Miracoli, a little jewel-box that takes a bit of finding [a pleasant walk to Campo dei Miracoli].
Miracoli , St Alvise, San Simeon grande, Madonna delle grazie , Madonna del Orto to name a few...Some for sentimental reasons others for the atmosphere and maybe the art !
Lots of lovely churches to visit in Venice - almost too many to choose favourites. The big one is obviously San Marco with its great richness of architecture and mosaics.
Amongst many others I enjoy revisiting I rate San Sebastiano in Dorsoduro highly for the Veronese works, particularly in the sacristy;
Madonna dell' Orto in Cannaregio I think both both a fine example of Gothic architecture and some wonderful paintings, despite the loss by theft of a beautiful small Maddonna by Giovanni Bellini, which enrich its beauty.
Santa Maria e donato in Murano I love for its Veneto-Byzantine architecture and its fascinating 1140 AD mosaic floor.
Santa Maria Assunta in Tocello isa great church which I find endlessly fascinating for many reasons. Founded in 638 AD and altered several times but still retaining a range of fine mosaics ranging from the end of the 8th century through to the 12/13th century
San Francesco della Vigna in Castello is one frequently overlooked by visitors but with a lot to offer, from its Palladian facade to its fine sculptures in the Giustinian Chapel and a lot of good art - Veronese, Giovanni Bellini, Tiepolo etc.
Limited time is a great handicap. The cburches of Venice demand respect and a lot of time to appreciate them.
I don't have a favourite church but I really loved S.Alvise Church in northern Cannareggio.
It's quite far from the usual touristic crowds and it's the only I've seen with a iron grate for the cloister nuns that used to stay and pray in the adjacent convent...
San Marco is breathtaking, I also loved San Zaccaria just east of San Marco for the artwork, Santa Maria della Salute for the architecture, and San Giorgio Maggiore on the island opposite San Marco for the architecture, view of the city, and peace and quiet.
I agree with Sophie about the ceiling painting in San Pantalon. It's one of the most impressive single works of art I saw in Venice -and that's saying a lot. I also liked San Nicolo dei Mendicoli. This is the church which figures large in the movie "Don't Look Now". San Stae is also in the movie and I liked it's setting on the Grand Canal.