Chiesa di San Francesco della Vigna, Venice

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San Francesco della Vigna is a Roman Catholic church in the Sestiere of Castello in Venice, northern Italy.HistoryAlong with Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, this is one of two Franciscan churches in Venice. The site, originally a vineyard (Vigna), was donated by Marco Ziani in 1253 for construction of the monastery. A tiny chapel already on the site recalled the spot where an angel supposedly had pronounced Pax tibi Evangelista meus to the shipwrecked apostle St. Mark, patron of Venice.The first church at the site was a triple-nave Gothic church by Marino da Pisa. A monastery housed the Frati Minori dell'Osservanza, while the Conventuali occupied the Frari across town. By the 16th century, the church building was in need of repair. Two main impulses led to the reconstruction of this church; one was the reform sweeping the order of the Franciscan Observants, and the other was the wishes of Doge Andrea Gritti, whose family palace neighbored the church. In 1534, this Doge laid the foundation stone for the new church. The nave was roofed over by 1554.ExteriorThe church was designed in sober Renaissance style by Jacopo Sansovino in 1554, with the advice of the Franciscan friar, Fra Francesco Zorzi. Fra Zorzi based the sizing of the various elements on the number three, because of its association with the Trinity: the nave should be nine paces wide and 27 paces long, each side chapel three paces wide. However the white marble façade (1564-1570) was not based on Sansovino's designs, but instead was a product of a Andrea Palladio. It is thought that the patrician Daniele Barbaro lobbied for the commission to be switched from Sansovino to Palladio in 1562, convincing the then Patriarch, Giovanni Grimani.
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  • It is a colosso that suddenly appears and even the middle of other buildings. However, we passed several times and we never coincide with the opening hours
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  • Beautiful 16th century Franciscan church full of atmospheric wonder and delight. Situated away from much of the hustle and bustle that is Venice, the church contains several magnificent pieces of arti...  more »
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  • again another beautiful church in Venice. Who know how many are of them there? I need to check Wikipedia. as it should be it is beautiful and magnificent. There was some construction works inside and I couldn't make best pictures but there will be something different.
  • Closed 12.30 until 15.00. So check your schedule before you set off to visit (15.00 means 15.30 in Venetian time)
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