Chiesa di San Sebastiano, Venice

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#37 of 73 in Historic Sites in Venice
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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  • August 2, 2017
    There are many churches in Venice, and the crowds seem drawn to the same ones. We stumbled into this church and were glad we did. It has some impressive art, and despite the on going works, there is m...  more »
  • July 17, 2017
    Is Afar, but worth all all. Ceiling is a marvel, I had never seen one like that, with these paintings, in some circles, and some precious effects. The truth, that you can not miss it for anything
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  • July 1, 2017
    The façade of this church, in the face of a small bridge, was in restoration work, in this Tuesday 20 June 2017, as well as paintings of the choir ("Martyrdom of saint Sebastian", "the saints mark and Marcellin led to martyrdom",...). We have, however, visit and appreciate the beauty. Entirely and sumptuously decorated by VERONESE, who devoted a large part of her life, she presents, ceiling, 3 huge canvases devoted to the life of Esther, figure of the Old Testament. The ceiling of the sacristy houses several beautiful paintings in vibrant colors. At the Center, appears "The coronation of the Virgin", framed by the figures of the evangelists 4: mark, John, Luke, and Mathieu. On the walls are also remarkable paintings. The monumental organ, at the foot of which is buried VERONESE, this windows decorated with splendid paintings. Closed, these components expose "The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple" and open, show "The probatique pool". The pavement of the Church, which is currently hidden, must also be the subject of major restoration. How can you not understand, given the scope of such work to save a priceless heritage, that our "poor little" contribution of €3 turns really little...
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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.
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