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    Saint Mark's Bell Tower - Venezia Autentica | Discover and Support the Authentic Venice -

    Saint Mark’s Bell Tower

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    First built in the 9th century, it was used as a watch tower and lighthouse for the dock which was in the position where now is the Piazzetta.

    Since the sixteenth century, the bell tower measures 98,6m in height, making it the tallest building in Venice.

    In over a thousand years of existence, the campanile was struck by lightning several times because of its height, and it was severely damaged on 10 occasions, the last of which in 1762. Since 1772 the bell tower has a lightning conductor.

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    San Giorgio's Bell Tower - Venezia Autentica | Discover and Support the Authentic Venice -

    San Giorgio’s Bell Tower

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    If you dream of seeing Venice from a privileged position, ther’s no need to get on a cruise ship! Instead get a water bus at San Zaccaria and get off at San Giorgo. You’ll have the chance to see yet another masterpiece of Venetian architecture and to go on top of the bell tower (ticket cost is 6€) to admire Venice and especially the Saint Mark’s area from a unique perspective.

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    Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari - Venezia Autentica | Discover and Support the Authentic Venice -

    Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari

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    Measuring 102m in lenght, 48m in width and 28m in height, this church is one of the two biggest in Venice, and the most important and known church of the San Polo district.

    Started being built in 1250, but was not completed until 1396. Today it hosts 17 monumental altars and multiple masterpieces, including works by Bellini, Donatello and 2 pieces by Tiziano, of which one is the greatest altarpiece in Venice.

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    Campo San Giovanni e Paolo - Venezia Autentica | Discover and Support the Authentic Venice -

    Campo San Giovanni e Paolo

    600 400 Venezia Autentica | Discover and Support the Authentic Venice

    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.

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    Any bridge in Venice [Ponte del Cristo] - Venezia Autentica | Discover and Support the Authentic Venice -

    Any bridge in Venice [Ponte del Cristo]

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    Close to the Scuola Grande di San Marco and the Campo Santa Maria Formosa, you can find the ponte del Cristo. What is special about this place, you might wonder? Well, the answer would have to be ‘nothing’. It is not a landmark, it has nothing peculiar (for Venice). It is just one of the thousands of amazing spots we love and, we think, represent well what Venice stands for.

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    Niccolò Tommaseo in Campo Santo Stefano - Venezia Autentica | Discover and Support the Authentic Venice -

    Niccolò Tommaseo in Campo Santo Stefano

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    The Scoletta was created in 1478 by a group of wealthy Venetians, next to the church of San Rocco, to house their lay confraternity. In 1517 the board of directors of the School decided to hire the architect Pietro Bon to create a large building for the new headquarters of their rapidly growing association.

    After the works were concluded in 1560, this wealthy school decided to have their ceilings decorated by the best venetian painters. The 22nd of May 1564, the Scuola Grande announced a competition for sketching “Saint Roch in Glory” and gave one month of time for the submission.

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    Scuola Grande San Rocco - Venezia Autentica | Discover and Support the Authentic Venice -

    Scuola Grande San Rocco

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    The Scoletta was created in 1478 by a group of wealthy Venetians, next to the church of San Rocco, to house their lay confraternity. In 1517 the board of directors of the School decided to hire the architect Pietro Bon to create a large building for the new headquarters of their rapidly growing association.

    After the works were concluded in 1560, this wealthy school decided to have their ceilings decorated by the best venetian painters. The 22nd of May 1564, the Scuola Grande announced a competition for sketching “Saint Roch in Glory” and gave one month of time for the submission.

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    Madonna dell'Orto - Venezia Autentica | Discover and Support the Authentic Venice -

    Madonna dell’Orto

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    If you’ve been wandering around the district of Cannaregio, chances are that you saw the brickwork facade, pierced by a beautiful portal surmounted by a pointed arch ardoned with white stone decorations.
    One of these decorations represents St. Christopher, the St Patron of the travellers, for which the church was built in the mid-14th century.
    As you read though, the current popular name of the church ‘Madonna dell’Orto’ does not longer have anything to do with the Saint, but rather suggests consecration to Holy Virgin.

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    Sight: La Salute, one of the most famous churches in Venice - Venezia Autentica | Discover and Support the Authentic Venice -

    Sight: La Salute, one of the most famous churches in Venice

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    Let us show you one of the most known, appreciated and photographed landmarks in Venice: the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute

    The strong bond between the venetians and this church has been existing since almost 400 years, before the Church was even remotely completed: in 1630 the “Serenissima” had implored the Virgin Mary for protection against the Plague which was devastating the venetian population, vowing to build a majestic church to thank for the divine intervention.

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    San Pantalon's Church - Venezia Autentica | Discover and Support the Authentic Venice -

    San Pantalon’s Church

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    Step in with us, and look up: you’ll see a gigantic oil painting on 40 canvas stiched together and covering the whole ceiling of the central nave!!! Its 443 square meters area make this the biggest painting in the world!

    This enormous piece has been painted directly on the ceiling in 24 years of work, between 1680 and 1704, by Gian Antonio Fumiani. According to a leged, the creator is said to have fallen down and have died after giving the last touch to this masterpiece… but Fiumani actually died in 1710, 6 years after finishing his work! We think this amazing piece of art doesn’t need any legends around it, it is legendary itself!

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