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Scuola dell' Angelo Custode

Scuola dell' Angelo

This lovely pink building is one of a handful of Protestant churches in Venice, the Chiesa Evangelica Alemanna or Evangelical Lutheran church.

Located in campo SS. Apostoli in Cannaregio, it was built in 1713 for the Scuola dell’ Angelo Custode (confraternity of the Guardian Angel), one of many charitable institutions that existed in the Venetian Republic. After Napoleon’s conquest, the scuola was suppressed, and the building was bought by Protestant German merchants who had been kicked out of their huge Grand Canal building (Fontego dei Tedeschi, which is now the Venice post office).

This marble Archangel Raphael and Tobias over the entrance is by Heinrich Meyring, best known for his work on the crazy façade of the church of San Moise.

Scuola dell 'Angelo, Raphael and Tobias

The Germans brought some art to their new church including Sebastiano Ricci's Madonna in Glory with an Archangel which is over the high altar of the little chapel.

This place was always locked up tight but I finally found it open this past December with a little Christmas craft market going on inside. I was checking out the bulletin board for opening hours and/or service times, and I saw on the calendar that The Joy Singers use it for their rehearsal space! Very cool.

Church services are on the second and fourth Sunday of each month at 10:30 am in the winter, and 5 pm in the summer (March-November, but not in July/August).

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Lovely photos, Annie, and an interesting story!

I love this sculpture of Raphael and Tobias. It also reminds of the delightful novel "Miss Garnet's Angel." (I so enjoyed the parallel stories about Miss Garnet's search for a real life, and Tobias's own journey.)

I wanted to see Chiesa dell'Angelo Raffaele after reading the novel, but couldn't get in. Next time!


Thanks Sandra! I loved that novel too. I'd never heard the Tobias story until I read "Miss Garnet's Angel" since Tobias was rather inexplicably deleted from the Protestant Bible. It's such a great story and I love seeing art that shows it.

Chiesa dell' Angelo Raffaele was closed for restoration for quite some time but it's reopened now. Nice church (and I was thinking about the novel while I was visiting it!).


Oh, did you know that "Miss Garnet's Angel" is an upcoming Slow Trav bookclub selection? I think they'll be reading it this summer. I was thinking about re-reading it and joining in on the discussion.

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Annie, wonderful photos! I'm so glad that it was open on your last visit so you were able to go inside. And it's very cool that the Joy Singers rehearse there too.

Thank you so much for writing this very interesting and informative entry. Have a great evening Annie!

Thanks Kathy! I loved seeing the Joy Singers on that calendar since I had just heard them a couple of nights before. I still can't get over how much fun that concert was!


Thanks, Annie, for the tip about the ST book club reading Miss Garnet -- I'll look into that. I wouldn't mind re-reading the novel and would love to discuss it.

You're welcome. I think they are reading it in June but I need to double-check the schedule. I'm going to try to do a blog entry about the church before they read the book too.


Annie, you have cleared up a mystery for us. We tried to attend Sunday services at this church and could not locate it.

I'm sure the problem is that we were there in the "summer" month of November and were expecting a morning service.

By the way, do you know in what language the services are conducted? Italian would be logical, but I have never encountered Lutheran (aka Evangelical) services in Italian. I suppose they are in German.


Hi Joan, good to hear from you! I don't know for certain but have a feeling that the services are in German. I picked up a little brochure about the place while I was there and it's in German - that's where I got those seasonal service times.


I don't think I've seen this church, although have been in San Moise. Very cool about the Joy Singers!

Interesting post, Annie. I'm curious to know why the church service is only every other Sunday.
San Moise was high on the list in my recent trip but I ran out of time. I'm already planning a return visit.

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