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Chiesa di San Sebastiano, Venice

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Discover notable works by Paolo Veronese at Chiesa di San Sebastiano, which is filled with paintings, ceiling canvases, and frescoes by the Renaissance artist. One of Venice's "plague churches" constructed to placate divine punishment sent in the form of pestilence, this structure also houses several works by Tintoretto and Titian. Its plain facade belies an abundance of artistic masterpieces inside, created by some of Italy's most celebrated painters. Pay special attention to Veronese's paintings near the altar, in which a bound Saint Sebastian confronts his tormentors. Before you leave, pay homage to Veronese by visiting his tomb, located just left of the presbytery. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Venice holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Chiesa di San Sebastiano and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Too often, the opulence of churches at the expense of the people who paid for and put up these buildings makes me feel uncomfortable. This church is an exception. It is currently undergoing major reno...  more »
  • The church is a beautiful example of baroque style, with great paintings from the period. At present under restoration, partially closed for public. Most of paintings is still waiting for the restorat...  more »
  • Was there on 10 Apr 2017. Was disappointed that the external facade was undergoing renovation. Some parts of its interior was also cordoned off. Wasted the time going there!  more »
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  • Under restoration but excellent ceiling frescoes by Veronese. 5€ gets you a pass for 3 local churches.
  • The Church of San Sebastiano is not on the main touristic itineraries of the city and is not often open, yet it represents an extremely fine building packed with beautiful works of art of Veronese, a very important Italian painter.
  • Next to the university, currently under renovation.
  • San Sebastiano, which is surely one of the most charming of Venetian churches, is a tribute to the genius of one man, the painter Veronese. The artist from Verona worked on the church for almost three decades of his life and in 1588 it became his place of burial.
  • Nice spot