Part three of the 2016 visit to Venice in Italy.
We are still on this map:
Our walking tour today
Chiesa di San Rocco
The Chiesa di San Rocco or Church of Saint Roch was built between 1489 and 1508 by Bartolomeo Bon the Younger. It was substantially altered and received a baroque facelift in 1725 and the façade is 40 years younger and was designed by Bernardino Maccarucci. The church is one of the Plague-churches built in Venice.
The tower of the Chiesa di San Rocco in the back
The ceiling of the nave
The Dome and the apse were decorated by Il Pordenone
Main altar by Venturino Fantoni
Christ expels the merchants from the temple
Christ Healing the Paralytic painted by Tintoretto in 1559
San Rocco on top of the church
San Barnaba round the corner from Chiesa di San Rocco
On the right the tower of Santa Maria dei Carmini – in the back the twin towers of San Raffaele Arcangelo
Looking down the Rio Malpaga
At the Grand Canal
Lunchtime! Pizza and Beer: Perfect combination for lunch!
Maria somewhere at the Campo Della Carità
Looking down the Grand Canal to the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute – our next stop.
Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute
The Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute or Basilica of St. Mary of Health or as the people say La Salute, is one of the largest churches of Venice. The church has the status of a minor basilica. In 1630 Venice had an unusually devastating outbreak of the plague. It had killed about a third of Venice’s population so it was time for a new church. They dedicated the new church to Our Lady of Health or of Deliverance thus Santa Maria della Salute. That is why most of the objects of art bear references to the Black Death.
Construction of the church begun in 1631. The Church is a vast, octagonal building with two domes and a pair of bell-towers at the back of the main building. The platform is made of one million wood piles. The façade is constructed with Istrian stone and marmorino a brick covered with marble dust.
The church is full of Marian symbolism – the great dome represents her crown, the cavernous interior her womb, the eight sides the eight points on her symbolic star.
In the sacristy (Sacrestia Maggiore) you find a painting of the Marriage at Cana from Tintoretto which includes a self-portrait and is considered one of his best works. You should not miss it when you visit! But the most represented artist in La Salute is Titian. He painted St Mark Enthroned with SS Cosmas, Damian, Sebastian and Roch; the altarpiece of the sacristy; ceiling paintings of David and Goliath, Abraham and Isaac and Cain and Abel; eight tondi of the Doctors of the Church and the Evangelists and Pentecost in the nave.
Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute
Statue of the Virgin blessing the city
Over the entrance of Santa Maria della Salute
Detail from the Santa Maria della Salute
The main entrance of the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute – let’s go inside!
If you look at the outside with all the statues and decoration you expect a similar decoration inside the building. But inside the church is more restrained and perfectly proportioned. Unlike almost all the other churches in Venice this one is flooded with light.
View towards the High Altar with the holy icon of Panagia Mesopantitisa.
The high altar designed by Longhena bears a Byzantine Madonna and Child of the 12th or 13th century which was brought from Crete in 1670.
At the tip of the island, looking towards Chiesa di San Giorgio Maggiore
And the view over the Grand Canal towards San Marco
It was late afternoon – time to go back to the bus station. We went down at the canal towards the Cultural Flow Zone. But it was too hot in the sun, so we got back into the small streets. Zigzag from one bridge to another. The map on the phone did help a lot. We had a cold beer and some chips close to the Cultural Flow Zone. From there we walked east.
Campo San Tomá
The bell tower of the Chiesa di San Polo
Courtyard of the Casa di Carlo Goldini
Great! That is what I love in some parts of Asia as well.
San Simeone Profeta
Top of the San Simeone Piccolo
San Simeone Piccolo
Detail of the façade of the Scuola Grande
We had a final beer at the Ponte degli Scalzi. Just on the right of it is a small seating area next to the water. After that, it was time to get to the bus stop and back to Camping Village Jolly. Made some salad, had a glass of Red and did sleep very well after the shower.
The 2016 visit to Venice in Italy
You find part 1 here: Venice without Tourists and the best Place to stay for small Money
Part 2 here: Summer Trip 2016 Part 9: Venice II
Part 3 here: You are here
Part 4 here: Summer Trip 2016 Part 11 – Venice IV
Part 5 here: Summer Trip 2016 Part 12 – Venice V
And part 6 here: Summer Trip 2016 Part 13 – Venice VI
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