Hidden treasures

The legendary foundation of the Saints John and Paul Church in Venice

Historical Curiosities
ssgiovanniepaolo

The legendary foundation of the Saints John and Paul Church in Venice

The Church of Saints John and Paul in the Castello district in Venice is definitely one of the most beautiful churches in the city. It was built from 1234 for the Preachers of the Dominicans and was officially consecrated in 1430.

At one time there was a small chapel dedicated to the prophet Daniel and even today, on the right of the façade, you can see a small relief that represents Daniel in the lions' den.

The Gothic style church of its interior preserves important works of art and many funeral monuments of Doges and other famous people of Venice history.

On its façade you can see some sarcophagi, including that of the Doge Jacopo Tiepolo who in 1234 donated the land to the monks in order to build the church.

Legend has it that the Doge had had a vision: that the Oratory of St Daniel and the surrounding areas were covered with flowers and filled with white doves which wore gold crosses on their small heads, while two angels scented the air with censers  of gold; suddenly a voice came from heaven saying, 'This is the place I chose for my preachers'.

So the church was built. If you approach the Doge's sarcophagus carved angels can be seen with censers and little doves with crosses on their heads!

If you wish to visit the church and discover other unpublished anecdotes about its history or Venice, we recommend you book Your Own Venice…the experience and deep knowledge of an expert guide at your disposal for the entire duration of the itinerary, that you can choose and agree with her in total freedom!

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

Latest posts

Verona: Villa Mosconi Bertani in Valpolicella

villa-mosconi-bertani
Historical Curiosities

If you are passionate about wine and history, you cannot miss out on a visit to Villa Mosconi Bertani in Valpolicella (province of Vero...

View

Venice: The Sacristy of the Church of St. Stephen's

sacrestia-santo-stefano
Unknown places & works

In one of the most beautiful and sunniest squares in Venice there stands the imposing Church of St. Stephen, erected at the behest of t...

View

Vicenza: The Bridge of the Alpini in Bassano del Grappa

Ponte-degli-Alpini-Bassano
Historical Curiosities

If you are passionate about bridges, you cannot miss out on a visit to the Bridge of the Alpini in Bassano del Grappa, in the Province ...

View

Venice: The boats of Venice’s Lagoon

barche-veneziane
Local Traditions

Those arriving in Venice for the first time often think that the famous gondolas are the only boats plying the city’s canals... In re...

View

Top posts

Verona: The Sigurtà Park in Valeggio sul Mincio

sigurtà
Unknown places & works

Sigurtà Garden Park is a 60 hectare-large natural park located in Valeggio sul Mincio, in the province of Verona, about 8 km from Pesc...

View

Venice: The graffiti of the ancient merchants on Fondaco dei Tedeschi in Venice

Fondaco_dei_Tedeschi
Historical Curiosities

Each building located along the Grand Canal has an amusing story or a mystery to tell... After having been the Post Office building for...

View

Padua: Padua, the Iliad, the Aeneid and Dante's Inferno

padova-antenore
Mysteries & Legends

What do the Italian city of Padua and Dante's Inferno have in common? Apparently nothing, but if you dig in the medieval legends you wi...

View

Venice: The Scuola Grande di San Rocco in Venice as the film set of 'Casanova'

Sala_Capitolo
Film Locations

In 2005 the film ‘Casanova' was shot in Venice, directed by Lasse Hallström and which starred the late Heath Ledger. Among the many ...

View