Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice

4.7
Admire the majestic facade of Scuola Grande di San Rocco but be sure to go inside and look up. The large 16th-century wall and ceiling paintings by Tintoretto have led to comparisons with the Sistine Chapel. Originally built between 1489 and 1508, the church was overhauled in 1725. The rarely crowded church is next to the better-known Scuola Di San Rocco, also known for its Tintoretto works. Note the church has a dress code, with no shorts allowed. Plan to visit Scuola Grande di San Rocco during your Venice vacation using our convenient Venice online travel route planner .
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  • A concert of Venetian music with extraordinary music both its staging and its singing. Unforgettable.
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  • The Great School of St. Rocco is a Brotherhood of Laity founded in 1478. The deep popular veneration of St. Rocco, whose relic had already been in the possession of the Brotherhood since 1485, contributed to its strong growth to become the richest school in the city. It was then that it was decided to build the new imposing monumental venue, then calling on the Tintoretto to paint his most famous pictorial cycle with episodes of the Old and New Testaments. It is the only one of the ancient Great Schools to have survived the fall of the Republic. It is an exceptional place where over 60 paintings are preserved in their original location in a building that has hardly changed since its construction. Today the association is still active and still pursues the ancient charitable tasks, as well as taking care of its remarkable artistic heritage.
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  • The Tintoretto paintings are amazing! In just three rooms there is enough beauty to captivate for more than an hour. Take your time and definitely rent the audio guide to fully appreciate the thematic harmony of the placement of each painting. Note to all, google maps is so horrendously wrong about the location of this place. It’s more than a half mile off. I had to ask five people for directions before I finally found it.
  • Another good reason to venture into the interior of Venice! This outdoor concert took place around August 10th or so at about 9:00pm between three buildings (Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Church of Saint Roch, and Leonardo da Vinci Museum). If you look close, you will see the red awning connects all three structures. The seating I assume was reserved, but passersby were able to walk up at the back to listen and take photos & video for free. Well worth the effort!!! [The desk clerk at my hotel seemed to think this was an annual celebration.]
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