The façade of San Marcuola Church, unfinished.

Night on Canal Grande from San Marcuola.
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The façade of San Marcuola Church, unfinished.

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Night on Canal Grande from San Marcuola.

San Marcuola

The name of this church is a typical Venetian contraction of the Saints Ermagora and Fortunato, two martyrs from Aquileia.

According to ancient belief, the church was founded in the 9th-10th Centuries by refugees from the mainland, fleeing the Lombards on an island called Lemeneo. After a fire and an earthquake destroyed it, the church was rebuilt in the mid 1100s in the style of the time.

Today, the church has a brick façade facing Campo San Marcuola. Restored by Giorgio Massari in the 1700s, the façade was never finished, as happened with many other Venetian churches. The interior is compact and harmonious thanks to the symmetrical layout of the eight altars along the single nave. These Baroque altars have many sculptures by Giovanni Maria Morlaiter (the artist responsible for the main altar in the Chiesa della Salute).
One of the most noteworthy paintings is a Last Supper (1747) by a young Tintoretto, before he reached his true artistic mastery.

1100 - 1200  -   CANNAREGIO - rev. 0.1.9

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