Entries from Churches in Venice tagged with 'Ruskin'

St. George's Anglican

St. George’s Anglican (sometimes called the English church) is one of a handful of non-Catholic churches in Venice. Anglican services have been held in various locations in Venice for over 400 years. In 1889, a committee of English residents...

PhotoHunt: Power

The 14th century Palazzo Ducale (or Doges' Palace) was for centuries the seat of power for the Venetian empire. From "Venice and Its Lagoon" by Giulio Lorenzetti: "The Doges' Palace - the seat of government of the old Republic -...

San Cassiano

It’s a bit of a surprise to walk in and see how pretty this church is, since the outside is a rather nondescript mustard-brown box. Founded in the 8th century or so, this church has been rebuilt and remodeled...

Madonna of the Gondoliers

There are a number of shrines in Venice connected in one way or another to the iconic gondoliers. This one houses a beautiful relief of the Madonna and Child, with God the Father above them raising his hand in...

Sant' Andrea della Zirada

It’s hard to imagine what this part of Venice used to be like. At one time, this was the western-most part of the city, very quiet and undeveloped, and this church and its convent were surrounded by orchards and...

San Simeon Piccolo

This is the first church in Venice that many visitors see because of its location across from the train station and also because there’s just no way to miss that huge green dome. John Ruskin didn’t mince words about...

Torcello in art

A few works of art depicting Torcello. This lovely drawing is by John Ruskin~ And another Ruskin drawing, this one comparing the capitals of Torcello's Santa Maria Assunta with those of San Marco~...

San Magno and his eight churches

Sometimes I like legends better than facts especially when it comes to Venice and its churches. I tend to snooze a bit when I read long architectural descriptions but perk right up when a story comes along especially a...

Giotto's frescoes in the Scrovegni Chapel

Every painting is a voyage into a sacred harbour. ~Giotto di Bondone My visit to the Scrovegni Chapel was a highlight of my recent trip but truly, it was more than that…it was one of the all-time great art experiences...

John Ruskin (1819-1900)

“Among the many strange things that have befallen Venice, she has had the good fortune to become the object of a passion to a man of splendid genius, who has made her his own, and in doing so has made...

Santissimo Redentore

This weekend (July 19 and 20) is the Festa del Redentore (Feast of the Redeemer) in Venice, a celebration of thanksgiving for the end of a 16th century Black Plague epidemic. It’s one of Venice’s most popular holidays complete...

San Moise

A wooden church dedicated to San Vittore was built on this location in the 8th century; it was rebuilt in 947 by Venetian nobleman Moise Venier who rededicated it to his name saint, Moses (San Moise). This is one...

San Stae

This isn’t one of my favorite churches in Venice by any stretch, but one of my best and most memorable church VISITS was to this one because of the big surprise I found inside when I went for the first...

San Giovanni Elemosinario

A hidden Rialto market church with a Titian on the high altar. San Giovanni Elemosinario (St. John the Almsgiver or Almoner) is a Byzantine saint more commonly honored by the Orthodox rather than the Catholic church. A wealthy 7th...

San Giacomo dall' Orio

An ancient and strangely charming church with much to see, including fossils! This is one of my very favorites; I love the church but I also love the campo, having stayed in a great apartment here on two of...

San Giorgio Maggiore

One of Venice’s most beautiful and familiar vistas is the island of San Giorgio Maggiore and the great temple of a church that Palladio built there. Many artists have painted it, millions of tourists have photographed it, John Ruskin...

The churches of San Polo

This sestiere has 10 churches, including one of the greatest of all. The Frari is one to visit over and over – I can’t imagine being in Venice and not going to see the Bellini altarpiece and those gorgeous Titians...