Religious building

Basilica di San Giorgio Maggiore

Fondamenta San Giovanni, 11, Venezia

St. George the Greater's Basilica is placed on the homonymous Island in Venice, with an adjoining monastery. The Church, designed by Andrea Palladio, was built between the eighth and ninth centuries. The current Bell Tower, 75 meters high, was designed by Benedetto Buratti and dates back to 1791, following the collapse of the previous one: a barrel square cell with Istrian stone and conical spire, offers a unique view of Venice and its Lagoon. A wide staircase leads to the first grand portal, through which one reaches a vestibule where, on red and white floor, there are two extraordinary handwashing twins red marble; a second portal introduces the main nave, covered by a magnificent barrel vault that turns into a cruise to allow the opening of two thermal windows. The magnificence of the refectory was completed by the presence of large canvas depicting the "Wedding at Cana" by Paolo Veronese, stolen in 1797 by Napoleon and now in the Louvre. The main nave is braced by three vaults, as in the frigidarium of the Roman thermae, which follows the expansion of the apses and the great drum and dome. The sequence of spaces runs along a central axis very marked, which ensures smooth transition from one part of the Church, just as in ancient Roman structures. The facade has a single access, with giant order of four composite columns surmounted by a classical entablature regents eardrum. On either side of the portal, the statues of St. George and St. Stephen. Many paintings of great interest are preserved in the Basilica: "Madonna Enthroned with Saints" by Sebastiano Ricci, "The Last Supper and Gathering of Manna", by Jacopo Tintoretto and other paintings by Palma the Younger and Jacopo Bassano. On the main altar stands a large bronze by Gerolamo Campagna designed by Antonio Vassilacchi, representing the four Evangelists who support the world and God.