Church of St Giovanni Elemosinario

San Giovanni ElemosinarioThis church, one of the lesser known in Venice, was closed for restoration work for 20 years and opened in 2002. It can be found in the Rialto market area and is a beautiful example of Renaissance architecture. It was rebuilt in 1538 and has a bell tower dating from the end of the 1300s.

The church suffered in the great fire of 1514 and was rebuilt by Antonio Abbondi whose nickname was the  Scarpagnino.  The interior is simple and elegant in a Greek cross style and is the home of some important Renaissance paintings among which are the splendid altar piece by Titian, St Giovanni Elemosinario  (1535 circa) and another by Pordenone
It was reinstalled in the church from the Gallerie dell’Accademia, after the 20 year restoration. Pordenone is also the author of the fresco in the cupola which underwent restoration and can now be seen for the first time..

Useful information:

Visiting times:
Monday to Saturday: 10.00-5.00, Sunday closed
24th December 10.00-1.30, 31st Decmeber  10.00-1.30
6th January open 1.00 to 5.00pm
Closed 25th December, 1st January, Easter and 15th August
Entrance:  € 2.50
Address: San Polo 480 Ruga di San Giovanni, cap 30125 - Venezia
Telephone: (+39)0412750462
Boat line Actv: boat stop Rialto

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