Chiesa San Silvestro, Venice

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San Silvestro is a church building in the sestiere of San Polo of Venice, northern Italy.The church is located in the business district of Rialto. Originally, in the 12th century, it was under the jurisdiction of the Patriarch of Grado. After rebuilding, it was reconsecrated in 1422, and in 1485 it merged with the Oratory of Santa Maria dei Patriarchi e di Ognissanti. After a partial collapse in 1820, the church was entirely rebuilt from 1837, being reconsecrated in 1850, to designs by Giovanni Meduna. The facade is modern, and was completed in 1909 by Giuseppe Sicher. The Baroque ceiling has paintings by Ludovico Dorigny. The altars were designed in the 19th century by Santi and decorated by the sculptor Giovanni Antonio Dorigo.The interior has four Renaissance panels, and a Baptism of Christ by Tintoretto.The Adoration of the Magi by Paolo Veronese is a large oil painting on canvas painted for the church in 1573 which has been in the National Gallery, London since the church sold it in 1855, presumably to finance the rebuilding. The painting was commissioned by the confraternity of Saint Joseph, the Scuola di San Giuseppe, and placed beside their altar on the left hand wall of the nave. They were not one of the very wealthy Scuole Grandi of Venice, nor trade-based like others with altars in the church, but essentially devotional, and they included female members.
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  • Built in the 9th century, from 1105 it became home to the Patriarchs of Grado (who had near their residence) and remained there until 1451 (the year of the suppression of the title), thus passing to the Patriarchate of Venice. Rebuilt in 1400, it was refurbished in the 17th and mid-1800s, finally the facade was redone in the early 1900s and a few years later the ceiling, halfway, was also redone in coffers. The facade, once oriented towards the Grand Canal, is now facing in on the Rio Terà New Year's Eve, is in classic style, with double order, punctuated by cornice tripartite lesene (from the Doric capitals on the lower floor, Corinthians in the upper one); on the sides of the facade there are two pairs of lesenes that follow the style of the others; above the central portal is the statue of St. Lawrence Giustiniani, blessing full-length, with mitria and pastoral. The interior, in the neoclassical style, has a unique aisle, ending with semi-circular Abside and two altars on the side; unfortunately many of the pieces of art preserved here have been sold over the years, but it remains a "Baptism of Christ" of Tintoretto, in the first Right Altar; two beautiful 19th-century sculptures by Luigi Ferrari, placed on the Altare Maggiore and a few other canvases.
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  • Walking down the lagoon, I couldn't help but come in and have a look... Spectacular interior! Recommended the visit of this Church....
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  • This church is one of the many in Venice, and comparing to others major churches is not so special. Small Charming church.  more »
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  • Way overrated To make it short and to the point - food was OK but nothing special. Service was something what took this place from average to poor rating in our opinion. Served white wine in a room temperature, when asked for ice got a bit of attitude and 10 minutes later and after chasing finally got a few cubes of ice. When starter arrived no bread was brought to the table - again had to ask for that. Once the bread arrived request for salt and pepper was something what again was being met with “why are you so demanding” face expression. No idea why this place is so highly rated on trip advisor but for us it’s definitely “not coming back” experience.
  • Fantastic food, service and ambiance!
  • Sometimes you don't have all the elements to be able to make a good review; This is one of the cases. Finding the main door closed, I turned the corner to enter the opposite side, left from the main entrance, here is an adjoining chapel. This is to the right of the church looking at the altar in front. I was able to photograph two of the most important elements of the temple: Sebastiano Santi's painting: San Silvestro Baptiezza Constantine and another work: Tommaso Becket enthroned between Angels and Saints, created by Girolamo da Santacroce in 1520, The photos I took through the scratch of the door, before one of the faithful scolding me saying that these are places of faith, not tourism. So, here I transcribe a brief historical description provided by Wikipedia. Founded in the NINTH century, it became from the 1105 stable seat of the patriarchs of Grado. Until the abolition of the title in 1451, when all the Venetian churches were conferred in the new Patriarchate of Venice based in San Pietro di Castello (excluding the Basilica Marciana and its dependencies that continued to constitute a jurisdiction separated until 1807). Rebuilt between 1422 and 1485, incorporating the nearby oratory of Ognissanti, consecrated in 1177 by Pope Alexander III, was remodelled in the seventeenth century. For the precarious static conditions, it was rebuilt almost entirely between 1837 and 1843 by the architects Sebastiano Santi and later by Giovanni Battista Meduna. The façade was redone in 1909 by Giuseppe Sicher and in 1932-34 the ceiling was changed from half-time to coffered. The church currently has its façade with a view of the Rio Terà San Silvestro, while it was originally oriented in the opposite direction, with a main façade overlooking the grand Canal.
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  • Next to the church, in Campo San Silvestro, the access to the chapel for Perpetual Adoration: a place of encounter with God, Jesus Christ the Eucharist, the risen Lord. YOU NEVER FORGET ABOUT YOURSELF--IT TELLS YOU WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW--IS, DEAD FOR YOU!!!
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  • The cathedral is located in the heart of Venice, close to San Marco and the Church of San Lio. The church has a huge façade, which apparently was difficult to fit into such a close urban building! One of the altars on the right decorates the picture of Giovanni Battista Tiepolo "The upbringing of Our Lady." The visit is free. The day closes on a siesta.
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