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Chiesa dei Santi Apostoli, Venice

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Religious Site Church
The Chiesa dei Santi Apostoli di Cristo, commonly called San Apostoli, is a 7th-century Roman Catholic church located in the Cannaregio sestiere of the Italian city of Venice. It is one of the oldest churches in the city and has undergone numerous changes since its foundation. The present building is the result of a major reconstruction project which was undertaken in 1575. The church is notable particularly for the Cornaro Chapel, an important example of Early Renaissance architecture, added by Mauro Codussi during the 1490s. The chapel is the burial place of several members of the powerful Cornaro family, including Catherine Cornaro, Queen of Cyprus. The church houses several works of art including pieces by Giambattista Tiepolo and Paolo Veronese.HistoryIn the 7th century Venice was not yet a city, but a collection of small communities scattered throughout the lagoon. St Magnus (San Magno), the Bishop of Oderzo, came to the lagoon and founded eight churches. According to a legend recounted by the historian Flaminio Cornaro, St. Magnus had a vision of the Twelve Apostles who commanded him to build a church on a site where he saw twelve cranes. This location, eventually to be in the sestiere of Cannaregio, became the site of the church of San Apostoli. The church presently stands on the Campo dei Santi Apostoli at the beginning of the Strada Nuova (New Road).
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  • This place was a revelation to me... My favorite spot in Venice! I plan to visit it every time I'm in Venice from now on!  more »
  • I came across this church on walking around Venice and I had not planned to visit it in advance, but I am really glad that I did. The church itself is pretty small but has a special character to itsel...  more »
  • We visited this church on our last day in venice. Situated in the Cannaregio district in Venice. We were searching for the Libreria Acqua Alta but stumbeled across this church which was one of the old...  more »
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  • Beautiful architecture amazing place
  • Must see.
  • Nice Church
  • Just passed by but it was worth it
  • It is an excellent place