Chiesa di San Samuele, Venice

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San Samuele is a church in Venice, northern Italy. It is located in the eponymous campo near Palazzo Grassi and Palazzo Malipiero. The facade is set back on the campo, but faces and is visible from the Grand Canal. It is named after the Biblical Samuel, because in the interior are housed relics traditionally attributed to him.The church was built around 1000 by the families Boldù and Soranzo. In the early 12th centuries it was destroyed by two fires and then reconstructed. In 1685 it was again almost entirely rebuilt. The portico on the façade, now closed, is surmounted by a loggia added in 1952.The interior, over the high altar, houses a 14th-century crucifix attributed to Paolo Veneziano.San Samuele bears the distinction of being one of only a handful of Venetian churches dedicated to an Old Testament prophet rather than a Roman Catholic saint. It is also unique in that its late-Gothic apse has remained intact despite the restructuring of its nave and façade in 1685.The walls and vaults of this apse have been restored starting in 1999, and are one of the few surviving fresco cycles of the early Venetian Renaissance. The cycle depicts eight Sibyls, Greek and Roman female seers who were believed to have predicted events in the life of Christ such as the Annunciation, the Crucifixion and the Resurrection. The ceiling's quadripartite vault features Saints Jerome, Augustine, Ambrose and Gregory, the four fathers of the Western church, set in roundels and surrounded by inscriptions, decorative foliage, and putti bearing the instruments of the Passion. Above the high altar, the frescoes occupying the spaces between the ribs of the cupola feature Christ and the four Evangelists Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The cycle has traditionally been attributed to the Paduan or Bolognese school.
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  • I re write because I had the pleasure to find this small church open to my last stay of this year and no more only when there is a temporary exhibition in the interior decoration is sober, but I remember a few palas 16th Venetian otherwise it t enough "naked" but for those who know by heart all the great churches of San Samuele Venice deserves to be seen as the access is very easy
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  • Despite still being opened for worship is very hard to find open unless, at the time of the biennale events hosting cyclically and, on such occasions is available to visitors, as well as additional items of interest beyond those religious-historical which remain considerable. Very effective its position in the field of the same name, inserted among the buildings fats and Malipiero, overlooking the Grand Canal. Crossed, from his first production around the year 1000 by Salcedo and Boldù, UPS and downs associated with fire, a long decay and reconstructions, signs of the passage of famous people. The fifteenth-century Gothic bell characterize the Venetian Byzantine apse of the 12th century, the structure with three naves and especially the ancient portico. Very interesting historical events that tell after the founding of two disastrous wildfires close together (in two years) of a first reconstruction, which followed the other complete and final, after six centuries of neglect and abandonment, in 1685, which defined the Church in the current arrangement; Finally since the Napoleonic era was downgraded from historic parish on oratory of St Stephen's basilica, resulting in limitation. However over the centuries shining of the Serenissima in the parish of St. Samuel lived the likes of Titian, Veronese aka Paolo Caliari with sons just salizata s. Samuele, the sculptors Tullio Lombardo, Giulio//Antonio Girolamo Campaign, it also tells that in the area of Giacomo Casanova lived. By several authors, always important, the paintings that the Church holds, about all we admire-dominating the high altar-the 14th-century wooden crucifix attributed to Paolo Veneziano, artworks by Children and Jerome. The other wonder concealed here is the Panel depicting the ancient image of the Virgin Ortocosta, conducted in Venice in 1541 to Constantinople where it was venerated by the emperors of the East. Very impressive, monumental, white Istrian stone bell tower 30 metres high, for sure one of the most beautiful of Venice although partly incorporated into a nearby House. Stands from the end of 1100 with its blind arcades are testimonies of the height and trefoils divided by columns of belfry surmounted by a triangular Pinnacle. Visited during the interesting exhibition of Evan Penny in the last days of his tenure.
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  • A lovely little church with interesting decor, close to the San Samuele vaporetto stop. Often used for exhibitions related to the Venice Biennale, otherwise open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings. Please be aware that the first photo coming up on Google is the exterior of the church of San Rocco, not San Samuele.
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