Church and convent of S. Alvise.
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The church of Sant’Alvise in Campo Sant’Alvise sits on the edge of the sestiere of Cannaregio, one of the most secret and distant places in Venice. This church was originally a convent. It is said that it was commissioned by the Venetian noblewoman Antonia Venier, to be dedicated to San Ludovico da Tolosa who had appeared to her in a dream. However, this church was certainly built between the end of the 14th Century and the beginning of the 15th Century with the money of a noblewoman.

In the Gothic style, it has a basilica layout and a single [nave] with brick walls and façade. In the 17th Century it underwent major restructuring. Behind the church is a fine brick bell-tower from the 1300s that has retained its original Gothic structure. There are three splendid paintings inside Sant’Alvise by a young Giambattista Tiepolo portraying episodes from Christ’s passion.

1300 - 1400  -   CANNAREGIO - rev. 0.1.6

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