The Church of San Moisè, zoom on the baroque facade.

Bust on the façade of Vincenzo Fini, created by di H. Meyring.
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The Church of San Moisè, zoom on the baroque facade.


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Bust on the façade of Vincenzo Fini, created by di H. Meyring.



San Moisè

An old church from the 8th Century, later restored several times. The final façade was only built in 1668 to a design by Alessandro Tremignon, paid for by the Fini family.
San Moisè has a magnificent Baroque style and its massive overloaded façade full of statues and busts. One is particularly obvious: the big bust by the sculptor Heinrich Meyring depicting Vincenzo Fini, placed on an obelisk above the portal. The nineteenth-century English writer and art critic John Ruskin described it as the most ungainly church in Venice.

Inside there is a mixed collection of paintings and sculptures from the 17th and 18th Centuries. The central nave holds the tombstone of John Law, the Scottish financier who founded the Compagnie d’Occident, created to develop the Mississippi Valley. After the failure of his company, he retired to Venice where spent the last years of his life.


1600 - 1700  -   S. MARCO - rev. 0.1.5

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