One of the largest squares of Venice, the Campo San Giovanni e Paolo, is also one of the most important ones.
San Giovanni e Paolo hosts three unique landmarks: the “Scuola Grande di San Marco“, the “San Giovanni e Paolo Basilica”, and the equestrian statue of Bartolomeo Colleoni.
Scuola Grande di San Marco
The Scuola Grande San Marco is one of the six Scuole Grandi in Venice, and a real masterpiece of architecture. The light marbles of its facade, a mix of renaissance and byzantine styles, the arches, the niches, and statues contribute to making this building a real jem. Venetians, however, don’t really look at it in awe: to us it is, first of all, our hospital!
If you’re curisous about it, read the history of the Scuola Grande di San Marco
San Giovanni e Paolo Basilica
Started being built in 1234, the Basilica di San Giovanni e Paolo is one of the two biggest churches in Venice, measuring 101,60m in length x45,80m in width x 32.20 m in height.
Apart from its size and beauty, this church has always had an important role during the Serenissima: it was the official church for the funerals of the Venetian Doges.
Equestrian statue of Bartolomeo Colleoni
This 4m tall statue of the Venice warlord Bartolomeo Colleoni is the only monument of an actual person ever created during the time of the Serenissima.
To make it even more special, it is the first equestrian statue standing on three feet.
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