Chiesa di San Giorgio dei Greci, Venice

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San Giorgio dei Greci is a church in the sestiere of Castello, Venice, northern Italy. It was the center of the Scuola dei Greci, the Confraternity of the Greeks in Venice.For centuries, despite the close ties of Venice to the Byzantine world, the Greek Orthodox rite was not permitted in Venice. In 1498, the Greek community gained the right to found the Scuola de San Nicolò dei Greci, a confraternity which aided members of that community. In 1539, after protracted negotiations, the papacy allowed the construction of the church of San Giorgio, financed by a tax on all ships from the Orthodox world.Construction was started by Sante Lombardo, and from 1548, by Giannantonio Chiona. The belltower was built in 1592. The interior has a monument to Gabriele Seviros by Baldassarre Longhena. The dome of the church was frescoed with the Last Judgement by Giovanni Kyprios. The iconostasis employed Kyprios, Tommaso Bathas, Benedetto Emporios, and Michael Damaskinos. Emanuele Tzane-Buniales, a priest and hagiographer from Crete, frescoed the Saints Simeon and Alypios, ascetic hermits, atop the pilasters.
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  • This is a most beautiful Greek Orthodox Church with an icon museum attached. Well worth a visit. Only a few minutes from St Mark’s Square heading towards the Arsenale.  more »
  • The bell tower, which is a little north of the Church of San Zaccaria, is seen from Vaporetto, but I found it along the canal on my way to Scuola Dalmata San Giorgio degli Schiavoni. The white church and the bell tower seemed to be popular among couples, and it was a date spot.
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  • If you are orthodox, this is a must. If not, you can skip with all the other churches to see. Pictures are not allowed, but the entire chapel is covered in a pamphlet. Each piece of art, described and all are beautiful.
  • An old and beautiful orthodox church in a Catholic world with beautiful Cathedrals as Venice. Is the Cathedral of the Metropolitan of the Ecumenical Patriarchat in Italy and Malta
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