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Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice

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#8 of 74 in Historic Sites in Venice
Architectural Building Religious Site
Admire the majestic facade of Scuola Grande di San Rocco but be sure to go inside and look up. The large 16th-century wall and ceiling paintings by Tintoretto have led to comparisons with the Sistine Chapel. Originally built between 1489 and 1508, the church was overhauled in 1725. The rarely crowded church is next to the better-known Scuola Di San Rocco, also known for its Tintoretto works. Note the church has a dress code, with no shorts allowed. For Scuola Grande di San Rocco and beyond, use our Venice tourist route planner to get the most from your Venice vacation.
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  • The Scuola Grande di San Rocco is a bit off tracks for many tourists but well worth a visit because the Tintoretto ceiling is just amazing. A bit to expensive  more »
  • Well worth the visit with amazing paintings. What is extraordinary is that this beautiful building with it's fabulous paintings has so few visitors. Take the time to go to the very top and to see the ...  more »
  • Not easy to find but it's cute. Especially the choir stalls on the first floor. Cute red coral candelabra.
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  • If you want you can use mirrors to see the ceiling paintings. I didn't use them. I just enjoyed what i could see. Too many details and too many work on the walls too so take your time 😊
  • Dark and brooding but really dramatic art. Incredible. Bit pricey though at 10eur.
  • An incredible museum in the heart of Venice. Don't miss the crucifixion! I suggest at least half an hour to take it all in.
  • Do NOT miss this. The main room (and the side one) are spectacular. The most mind blowing part of Venice aside from the Doges Palace.
  • Amazing art by Tintoretto on two floors. Paintings are dark perhaps because they are 500 years old! Be sure and walk up to the third floor which has a Treasury of religious objects including a reliquary with a thorn from Jesus' crown of thorns. The wood carvings on the walls of the second floor room (first floor European) are amazing. There are mirrors available in this room to use to see the ceiling better. They are on the far left against the back wall. No charge to use them.

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