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Indiana Jones and the church of San Barnaba in Venice

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Indiana Jones and the church of San Barnaba in Venice

Venice is the city of cinema not only for its festival, but also because it was the setting of many successful films.

All tourists crossing the busy Campo San Barnaba and looking at the neoclassical facade of the church of the same name, may note that it looks familiar... Why?

In the film ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade' (1989), the church (only the exterior) was used as the setting for an imaginary library. The Campo San Barnaba, in front of the church, was then used to shoot the scene in which the protagonist of the film, after having passed through the (non-existent) underground passages in search of the tomb of one of the keepers of the Holy Grail knights, emerges out of a manhole in the middle of the square, to the embarrassment of the elegant clients of the bar seated at the tables.

In fact, the church of St. Barnabas, of medieval origin but rebuilt in the second half of the 18th century by the architect Lorenzo Boschetti, is still a church to all intents and purposes, although it is currently hosting an exhibition on the machines invented by Leonardo da Vinci.

Pay attention to its thousand year old spire bell tower as it is one of oldest in the city!

Venice is a perfect film set and many directors decided to set their works among its enchanting narrow streets and canals. To discover other film locations in Venice, join the guided Cinema tour of Venice. A fascinating experience to see Venice from another perspective and live again the emotions of the unforgettable scenes filmed in this enchanting city.

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

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