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The Cloisters of San Salvador

San Salvador

There’s so much to say about the church of San Salvador that it’s going to take several posts. I thought I’d start with the cloisters of the former monastery and also the campanile.

Don’t think I’m crazy if I tell you to visit the phone company when you’re in Venice. What a beautiful place. These Renaissance cloisters are right next door to the church; they were reconstructed in 1564 to replace earlier Gothic ones. The monastery was closed in 1810 and for some time was used as army barracks. Telecom Italia acquired the property after the First World War and then restored it in the 1980’s. Today it’s the home of Telecom Italia Future Centre which sometimes has exhibits, but there was nothing going on when I visited in November and I was the only one there. There’s a cool aerial view of the church and the cloisters on the Future Centre's website.

San Salvador

The first cloister has a beautiful pink marble vera da pozzo while the second has a white one.

San Salvador

San Salvador

The second cloister also has a view of the church’s campanile which isn't easy to find because of how densely built this part of Venice is. When San Salvador celebrated its Cinquecentenario in 2007, the church announced plans to open their bell tower to the public for climbing. I was psyched! So many towers in Venice but so few are open. Well, I asked the lady in the church about this, and she said that the project is stalled and she's not sure it will happen. It's no longer mentioned on the church's website either. I guess the scaffolding on the tower explains why.

San Salvador

San Salvador

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Comments (8)

CE Westwood:

Thanks for the great info. I will definitely add this to my list of places to visit in September. CE

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Annie, your photos are beautiful and what a cool place to hold exhibits. It's too bad the tower was closed. I hope it re-opens in the near future. It looks pretty high. I like the Vera da pozzo in this cloister, almost looks like a big vase. I really like it when new owners of places try to maintain the original beauty of the property and continue to allow the public to enjoy them.

Thanks so much for sharing. I'm looking forward to readin more about this special place.

You've taken these photos from such lovely angles. Very nice work!

OK, Annie - You've whetted my appetite! I can't imagine living around art every corner that it's even present at the post office ~ lucky Venetians. Mahalo for your post. Looking forward to the next ones.


What a lovely spot, so cool and clean-looking -- I love the pink stone. Good for TIM! I'll be watching for more on the San Salvador complex.

BTW, I also really like your new header photo, with the beautiful red and black stone work.

David Perry:

I just want to thank you for all these postings. During my dissertation research in Venice, I took time out to visit perhaps 50 of the churches. I'm enjoying seeing the pictures through your eyes and in my memory.

Thanks everyone for your comments. Sandra, the new header is a detail from the facade of San Marco. I'm not used to it yet...it keeps surprising me when I see it.

David, thank you! How wonderful to have been in Venice and been able to visit the churches at your leisure. I'd love to know what your favorites are.

And, another bonus. They have clean toilets, for free use.

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