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

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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If you wish to visit the church and discover other unpublished anecdotes about its history or Venice, we recommend you book Your Own Venice…the experience and deep knowledge of an expert guide at your disposal for the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

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