• Church of Santa Maria del Giglio the church will be closed for maintenance works on september 29th and 30th. We apologize for any inconvenience.
  • Sunday Openings From septermber 19th to november 14th: Churches of Santa Maria del Giglio, Santa Maria dei Miracoli, San Pietro di Castello, Santa Maria Formosa, San Polo, San Sebastiano and Santo Stefano museum from 12 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • PARTNERSHIP from Monday 5 July and until the end of October, the Choruspass holders will have a discount at the entrance to the Scuoal Dalmata dei Santi Giorgio e Trifone www.scuoladalmatavenezia.it
  • FOR CHORUSPASS HOLDERS starting from April 30th the Basilica dei Frari no grants access to choruspass holders

Churches >  Church of Sant'Alvise

A visit to the church of Sant'alvise and to the nearby church of Madonna dell'Orto offers a precious occasion to explore the most authentic and secret part of Venice, represented by Cannaregio. This area is characterized by silent tranquility spaced out by the swarming of the cities daily routines; moreover it presents a geometrical map derived by the works of the territories reclamation occured in the latest past.

Originally a convent church, Sant'Alvise was, according to tradition, commissioned in honour of St. Louis of Toulouse by the Venetian noblewoman Antonia Venier in 1388 after the saint had appeared to her in a dream.

The present form of the church, with a single nave structure, is the result of refurbishing work carried out in the XVII century.
The appealing particularity is the conservation of one of the first examples of fifteenth-century barcos supported by columns and barbacani, otherwise of a pensile choir used by nuns, related directly with the adjacent convent structure.

The ceiling, entirely painted by Pietro Antonio Torri and Pietro Ricchi's frescoes, strike with absolute spectacularity.
Amongst the other works of art in the church one cannot omit to mention Christ carrying the Cross - a youthful masterpiece by Giambattista Tiepolo, who is represented in Sant'Alvise by other two early works: The Coronation with Thorns, and The Flagellation (1737-40)
Nor should one overlook the delightful 15th-century tempera panels painted by Lazzaro Bastiani originally from the organ in the suppressed church of Le Vergini.
MUSICAL INFORMATION (Aldo Bova "Venezia i luoghi della musica")

The organ by Nicholas Moscatelli (Nacchini's student) has one keyboard and 19 stop knobs (1760).

The three paintings from the school of Bonifacio de 'Pitati, above and beside the pulpit, were the doors of the old organ.
Hours from Monday to Saturday, 10.30am to 1.30pm and from 2.30pm to 5pm (last entrance ten minutes before closing)

Chorus - Associazione per le Chiese
del Patriarcato di Venezia

San Polo, 2986 - 30125 Venezia
tel +39 041 27 50 462
fax +39 041 27 50 494
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