Venice, 2004



My favourite church in all Venice, perhaps because I came upon it without the help of a guidebook.  I put the camera down on the floor and looked innocent.

Miracoli Interior

The exterior, too, is very hard to photograph, without an architectural perspective lens (are you listening, Santa?),  You cannot get much more than 15 metres away from the church.

Miracoli, Externior

S Stefano

Here is the inside, which has rather a fine wooden roof.

S Stefano, Interior

S Agnese

Even plainer than our own Agneskerk!

S Agnese

It always seemed to be closed when we walked by, so I have no idea what treasures are on the inside.

S Fosca

Campanile, S Fosca

It really was very sunny.  I could resign myself to the fact that you cant get far enough away from churches to get a decent perspective.

Quiet Canal Scene, near S Fosca

I took this quiet gondola stop near S Fosca while a deal was struck for handbags.  Then I walked across the little campo in fromt of S Fosca, and found this rather decent palazzo just minding its business on the Fondamente della Misericodia.

Palazzo near S Fosca

Actually, it seems to have been taken over the city, or regional government.

S Giorgio Maggiore

From this side (near the Arsenale vaporeto stop), you get a good view of some older parts of the Abbey.

S Giogio, from Arsenale

A stabler platform than I had for this shot, taken earlier in the week, from a vaporeto.

S Giorgio, from No 82

The other pages have the panoramas I took from the top of the campanile - there was a monk running the lift, so the Abbey must be still a going concern;.  The inside is fairly plain.

S Giorgio, Interior

There is a choir I thought superb until I visited the Frari.

S Giorgio, choir

There is an inscription, commemorating Saint Gellért (Gerardus), who was tutor to Prince Imre of Hungary  (son of St Stephen).  He was later to be martyred in Budapest.  What would we do without the Internet?

Commemorative tablet, S Gerardus


I don't think I had ever actually been inside the Salute until this holiday.  Fairly bog standard interior, boringly baroque.  How strange that most of the catholics I know rather dislike the architecture of the counter-reformation.  And the regulation no photography signs were everywhere.  By now, I was getting very good at "cleaning my lens".

Salute lantern

I think, on the whole, I prefer the outside view.

Salute, from Arsenale

S Tomà

This is not (at least, not the modern) S Tomà.  This building is now a public library. 

Library, Campo S Toma

The inscription over the door says:

Campo S Tomà, Inscription


The shoes in the inscription suggest St Batholomew,  but the relief suggests St Thomas.


The Frari has several quite Tuscan looking side altars.  This one was furthest from the photophobic guardians.

Frari, Side Altar

The choir, on the other hand, would have required too much lens polishing.

The outside must have seemed like a statement of some kind, at least in the middle ages.

Frari exterior

Madonna dell' Orto

Another church I had not visited until this holiday was Madonna dell' Orto.  Apparently, this was Tintoretto's parish church; the bad news for me was that the Bellini that would have made the church "worth the visit"  was stolen in 1993.

Madonna dell' Orto

S Zaccharia

S Zaccharia

Scuola de S Giovanni Evangelista

Trying to find somewhere to lunch on the last day, we turned down a likely looking street, to find we were passing through a splendid gateway:

Scuila di S Giovanni Evangelista

And then we came home ...

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