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Chiesa di San Zaccaria, Venice

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Set foot into a site with a combination of late-Gothic and Renaissance architecture at Chiesa di San Zaccaria, a church dedicated to the prophet Zechariah, father of John the Baptist and Biblical author. As you walk through you will notice the walls covered entirely in artwork and beautifully lit up by the tall floor-to-ceiling Gothic windows, quite uncommon in this architectural style. The main artistic feature is the late work by Giovanni Bellini. For a fee, enter the small chapel with ornate altarpieces, which offers an optional audioguide that comes in four languages. Don't miss the altar under which Zechariah's body is said to lie. While smaller than some other churches in the area, this one stands out with its peaceful atmosphere and lack of crowds. Put Chiesa di San Zaccaria and other Venice attractions into our Venice attractions planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • This beautiful church was founded on the initiative of Doge Giustiniano Participazio in the 9th century to house the relics of St. Zacharias, who was the father of John the Baptist, donated to the... 
    This beautiful church was founded on the initiative of Doge Giustiniano Participazio in the 9th century to house the relics of St. Zacharias, who was the father of John the Baptist, donated to the...  more »
  • This is a wonderful small church with lots to see. The paintings on the walls are wonderful, and for a small fee you can visit the the chapel and the crypt (if not flooded - it was flooded when we... 
    This is a wonderful small church with lots to see. The paintings on the walls are wonderful, and for a small fee you can visit the the chapel and the crypt (if not flooded - it was flooded when we...  more »
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  • Found this beautiful old church on my 1st day in Venice. The church is beautiful, filled with many paintings my favorite of which is the Bellini of Virgin and Child between Saints and Angel playing musical instrument. Went back again today to see the Chapel of the Choir. I highly recommend paying the small entry fee to see this. In addition to the choir room you will see how part of an old chapel is being restored. Origin frescos can still be seen up on the ceiling and parts of the walls. Plus you can go down a few steps to see the flooded subterranean section where 8 of the early Doges of Venice are buried. It probably wasn't flooded when the Doges were interred there. Water levels have risen over the centuries. I used to believe that all of the paintings in churches were done on the walls themselves. In this church, if you look carefully, you can see that the paintings are enormous canvasses that are framed, by cutting them down to size to fit into the spaces around or between the side altars.
  • 1-7-2022 San Zaccaria ++ Venice is always worth a trip, you always discover something new ++ San Zaccaria is a church dedicated to Saint Zacharias, which belonged to a nunnery of the same name. It is located in the traditional district of Castello in Venice ++ A wonderful, very old church with remarkable furnishings

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