6 of the Most Beautiful Churches in Venice

Santa Maria della Salute
View of the Basilica of Saint Mary of Health from the west

Designed and decorated by the greatest artists and architects of the time, the Venice churches have become one of the most favorite tourist attractions in the city.

There are more than 250 churches in Venice. Some of them have reached the 1000 year mark today and this without a wrinkle. Scattered along the alleys, the canals and the squares of the historic centre, they dot its watery landscape and run the gamut from Byzantine to Gothic to Renaissance to Baroque.

Basilica di San Marco

Basilica di San Marco
The exterior façade of Saint Mark's Basilica

Built between the 9th and the 11th and finished during the 13th century, the Basilica of Saint Mark is the largest and most important religious building in all of Venice. The modifications to the Basilica continued on through several centuries, therefore the results of the construction exhibit a mixture of different styles: Romanesque, Byzantine, and Gothic.

Located in the vast Square of Saint Mark, this world-famous basilica is definitely one of the most iconic landmarks of the city and an absolute prerequisite during your visit to Venice.

Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute

Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute
The Dome of the Basilica was an important addition to the Venice skyline and soon became emblematic of the city

The Basilica of Saint Mary of Health was completed in 1687 in the Baroque style to a design by the Italian architect Baldassare Longhena. Located in the Dorsoduro district, it stands on a platform made of 1,156,627 wooden pilings.

The church was dedicated to the Madonna, and built to commemorate the end of a terrible outbreak of the plague that began in 1630, and killed nearly a third of Venice's 150,000 citizens. Every year, it becomes the destination of a religious procession celebrated on the 21st of November.

Madonna dell'Orto

Gothic church in Venice
Arches in front of the Church of Madonna dell'Orto

The Church of Madonna dell'Orto, located in the picturesque Cannareggio district, was built in the 14th century. It was linked to a monastery of the Humiliati religious order, who preached a return to the origins of Christian poverty.

The church is a splendid example of Venetian Gothic architecture. It contains several interesting attractions for all lovers of art. Among those, stand out the paintings "Adoration of the golden calf" (1546) and "The Last Judgement" (1563), both by the Italian painter Tintoretto.

Chiesa di San Martino

San Martino Burano
View of the Church of Saint Martin and the Campanile from the northeast

The Church of Saint Martin, located at the main square of the Burano island, was erected in the 16th century, and consecrated in 1645.

Built between 1703 and 1714 by the Italian architect Andrea Tirali, the Campanile has a square plan and is 6.20 m (20 ft) wide at the bottom and 53 m (173.8 ft) high. Because of land subsidence it is inclined of 1.83 m (8 ft) respect to its axis.

Basilica di San Giorgio Maggiore

Venice church
View of the Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore from the northwest

The Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore, located on the island of the same name, was built in the years of 1566–1610 in the Renaissance style to a design by the Italian architect Andrea Palladio.

The Campanile was built in the 18th century in the Neoclassical style. A lift takes you to the top, giving the best view over the city’s rooftops.

Chiesa del Santissimo Redentore

Chiesa del Santissimo Redentore
View of the Church of the Most Holy Redeemer from the northwest

The Church of the Most Holy Redeemer, located on the Giudecca island, was built between 1577 and 1592 in the Renaissance style. This is another masterpiece of the Italian architect Andrea Palladio which greatly decorates the Venice's magnificent skyline.

It was built as a votive church in thanksgiving for deliverance from a major outbreak of the plague that decimated Venice in 1575–1577, and dedicated to Christ the Redeemer. Since its construction, the Festival of the Redeemer is held every year on the third Sunday in July.

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  1. I went to Venice at this time two years ago and your photos are TAKING ME BACK!! Ah what a magical place!

    xoxo A

  2. Oh my! Those are beautiful!!! I'd love to see these in person.

  3. Italy has been on my bucket list forever! I want to see all the famous artworks. I never thought about the amazing architecture. Beautiful pictures that I am sure doesn't do these churches enough justice.

  4. Wow these look gorgeous! We're considering Italy for our honeymoon and this definitely helps sell me on it even more!

  5. The best surprise, when I visited Italy, was how gorgeous the churches are! Entering one is equivalent to entering a museum. And Venice has them EVERYWHERE! Thanks for a reminder of these treasures.

  6. My partner and I always joke that we have to go to Venice before it sinks.

    But oh, God! It looks so amazing, the photos as stunning!

  7. OMG it is so beautiful! I love all of the arches! Need to go here!

  8. Beauuuutiful photos! I'm planning a trip to Italy for the summer and hadn't been planning on visiting Venice, so thanks for making me reconsider! Bookmarking for when I dig into trip planning :)