Church of St Pietro di Castello

Chiesa San Pietro di CastelloThe Church is Palladian in style and rises from the ancient Island of Castello. It was once Venice’s cathedral. 
With its monumental façade and bell tower it dominates the large grassy square that surrounds it.

The church was originally designed by Palladio in 1556.  It underwent reconstruction between the end of the 16th century and the first 30 years of the 17th century.  The façade was modified by Andrea Smeraldi along the designs left by Palladio.

The breath taking bell tower is made from Istrian stone and is the elegantly Renaissance work of Mauro Codussi (1482-90).

The 17th century interior of the cathedral follows the Latin cross design and is divided into 3 naves above which rises an enormous dome.  The decorations are mainly those of the 1600s. 
They took the place of earlier treasures after a fire.

Of special interest is the main altar with its many coloured marble inlays.  It was constructed in 1649 following plans by Baldassare Longhena.  It also contains an urn with the remains of Venice’s first Patriarch Lorenzo Giustiniani and a fragment of Roman mosaic which gives witness to the beginnings of this church.

In the right hand nave is the Cattedra di San Pietro, traditionally believed to be the ‘throne’ on which St Peter sat in Antiochia.
Other works of art are The Punishment of the Serpents by Pietro Liberi (1660) and the Madonna with Child and the Suffering Souls in Purgatory by Luca Giordano (1650).
Useful information:

Visiting times:
Monday to Saturday: 10.00-5.00, Sunday closed
24th December 10.00-1.30, 31st December 10.00-1.30
6th January open from 1.00pm alle 5.00pm
Closed 25th December, 1st January, Easter and 15th August
Entrance: 2.50 €
Address: Castello 70 Campo San Pietro cap 30122 - Venezia
Telephone: 0412750462


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