Entries from Churches in Venice tagged with 'Miracle-working Madonnas'

Madonna Nikopeia

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "stones." Here's a Venetian mystery concerning precious stones and a beautiful icon of the Madonna. The Madonna Nikopeia can be found in the Basilica di San Marco. The Venetians love her and even when the...

Ognissanti

Ognissanti means “All Saints” which is a dizzying concept. It covers all the bases, for sure. And it’s a happy accident that I'm writing about this church today on All Saints’ Day! The history of this church begins in...

San Canciano

San Canciano looks kind of rough from the outside but is quite pretty inside. It’s a lacy romantic feminine church, maybe it’s the floral carvings and all the pastels - pink walls and light blue marble. I always enjoy...

PhotoHunt: Yellow

Happy Easter, Happy Passover, Happy Spring! A large yellow street shrine in Venice with a long and interesting history~ At one time, this shrine contained a miracle-working image of the Madonna del Parto (of birth). The plaque underneath the shine...

Cappella Votiva

I wish I knew more about this place especially whether or not it's ever open. This votive chapel is in Cannaregio on Calle del Forno, not far from the church of Santa Sofia. It was built in 1806 to...

La Celestia (Cristo Re alla Celestia)

Another Venetian church with a miracle-working Madonna legend, this church is unusual in that it reincarnated after a long period of being closed (it was shut down by the French along with so many others in the early 19th...

St. Luke, patron saint of artists

St. Luke (San Luca) is the patron saint of artists because supposedly he was a painter himself. Legend has it that he painted a portrait of Mary from life, with her actually sitting there, making it the equivalent of a...

Santa Maria della Fava

I love the way the Venetians give nicknames to their churches. The real name of this church is Santa Maria della Consolazione but no one ever calls it that – it's known instead by its charming nickname which translates...

Santa Maria Maggiore

A church that’s now part of Venice’s prison, this one’s got an interesting history with not one but two miracle-working Madonna legends. In the 1400’s, this was a remote and poor fishing neighborhood on the western shore of Venice...

Madonna dell' Orto

The most beautiful gothic church in town with one of the loveliest facades in Venice. Of all the many red brick-fronted churches, this one is special with its white stone tracery, trim, and sculpture.The church was originally named for...

San Marziale

Don’t let the nondescript exterior fool you, this is one of the strangest churches in Venice. Strange in a good way though – it was well worth the many tries it took to finally get inside this one. San...

Sotoportego di Corte Nova shrine

I first visited this shrine during my 2006 trip after seeing it mentioned in Michela Scibilia’s restaurant guide (the shrine is right beside Osteria da Dante in Castello, not far from the church of San Lorenzo). More than a...

Titian's Assunta in the Frari

Titian’s Assumption of the Virgin (the Assunta) is arguably the greatest Venetian painting in the world.* We’re lucky that we can see it in the church for which Titian painted it almost 500 years ago. Born in the Dolomites, Tiziano...

Santa Maria dei Miracoli

This is the most famous of a number of churches in Venice that have or had legendary miracle-working paintings, icons, or sculptures of the Madonna. Santa Maria dei Miracoli is named for and was built to house its painting with...