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San Cassiano is a 14th-century Roman Catholic church located in the San Polo sestiere of the Italian city of Venice. A church has stood on the site since 726 with the present building dedicated to Saint Cassian of Imola being consecrated in 1376 and re-modelled during the 17th century. It has a plain exterior with several adjacent buildings overlapping it. Its interior however is richly decorated in a Baroque style.The church is located on the Campo San Cassiano, site of the world's first public opera house, west of the Rialto Bridge and is open to visitors Tuesday-Saturday mornings.The church houses three paintings by the Italian artist Tintoretto, including The Crucifixion of Christ painted in 1568 which the art critic John Ruskin described as, "the finest in Europe". However, the most famous painting associated with the church is paradoxically one which is no longer there. The San Cassiano altarpiece, painted for this church by Antonello da Messina, was the first major example of oil painting in the city. It disappeared from the church in the 17th century and was cut into sections; the remaining known pieces are re-united in Vienna.For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Venice holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Chiesa di San Cassiano and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
Chiesa di San Cassiano Reviews
Cette petite église de quartier fait l’angle de la place san Cassiano. Ne paye pas de mine mais vaut le détour. Elle est simple mais très jolie more »This small neighborhood church is the corner of the square san Cassiano. Don't look good, but worth a visit. It's simple but very pretty
En premier lieu, je confirme l'avis précédent relatif à la gardienne des lieux. Effectivement, elle se livre à une "chasse acharnée" des visiteurs désireux de prendre des photos. Il n'y aurait cependa... more »First, I confirm the previous opinion on the caretaker of the premises. Indeed, she engages in a "relentless hunt" of visitors eager to take pictures. However, there would be no harm in doing so without flash, of course! We also encountered the same problem at SAN GIACOMO DELL' ORIO where the "unkind" babysitter threatened to kick us out because we had taken (religiously!) some pictures. It is absolutely ridiculous when you see the few enthusiasts in these sublime churches, the majority of tourists being clustered in St. Mark's Square, disdaining the masterpieces that constitute all these wonderful Venetian buildings. This church, whose exterior is devoid of any charm, has a magnificent interior with its 3 naves separated by 2 rows of marble columns with Corinthian capitals. Pietro NACCHINI's beautiful organ, decorated with 2 musical angels in gilded bronze, presents a parapet (a cantoria) decorated with 3 paintings inspired by the life of Saint Cassien. The ceiling of the central nave is occupied by a magnificent fresco by Costantino CEDINI "Glory of Saint Cassien and Saint Cecilia". The right absidian chapel contains 3 remarkable paintings by Leandro BASSANO, including"La Visitation" in the centre. In the choir are three dazzling paintings by TINTORET: on the right, "The Descent to limbs", at the center "The Resurrection of Christ with the Saints Cassian and Cecile", on the left "The Crucifixion" (a very beautiful and different representation of the incomparable canvas Scuola SAN ROCCO). The 1st altar of the left nave bears an interesting altarpiece "Saint Anthony receives the Child Jesus from the hands of the Angel" by Lattanzio QUERENA. The whole interior of this church proves splendid and must be visited.
Beauty beyond description. It is best to just sit in one of the pews and meditate while taking in all of its beauty.
Quite an ornate and interestingly designed church with some access to the backrooms which one doesn't usually get to see and eclectic design mix of features. Well worth a visit.
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