The Santa Casa of Loreto in the church of San Pantalon in VeniceUnknown places & works
The Santa Casa of Loreto in the church of San Pantalon in Venice
The church of San Pantalon, is rather unattractive outside, but inside it hides a few surprises. In addition to the incredible ceiling with the biggest canvas painting in the world, there is a rather unique place: the ‘Santa Casa' Chapel.
This small chapel, which is accessed through a narrow corridor, was built in 1744 by the vicar of the church as a perfect copy of the Casa Santa of Loreto.
According to the legend, in 1291, the house where the Virgin Mary lived in Nazareth was brought by the Angels in flight to Loreto (AN) in order to save it from the ravages of the Seljuk Turks. In Loreto a shrine visited by many pilgrims was built at a later date.
The devotion to the Mary of Loreto was also very strong in Venice, and thus, it was decided that an exact copy of her in San Pantalon was to be built. So, above the altar in a niche, there is a small statue of the Virgin Mary painted in wood, similar to the one in Loreto.
On the walls there are the remains of frescoes by the Venetian painter Pietro Longhi, representing the Virgin Mary, the Holy Family, Saints and Angels. It is definitely an exceptional masterpiece, as it is the only religious theme created by Longhi, famous for his small paintings of everyday life in Venice.
If you want to visit the San Pantalon church and other legendary places in Venice together with the author of our fascinating articles, contact us now! Francesca Your Own Venice: Private Guided Tour of Venice If you dream of an exclusive private.. Book now will guide you to discover Venice with a personal itinerary made just for you.
Venice: Andrea Palladio’s Tablino at the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice
More than simply the rooms where many masterpieces are exhibited, the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice are a work of art on their ow...View
Venice: The 'Naval Battle' by Tintoretto at Doge’s Palace
The ceiling of the Doge's Palace, in addition to being the largest wooden suspended ceiling in the world, is a real trove of painting m...View
Venice: The tomb of Doge Andrea Gritti in the church of San Francesco della Vigna
For the few daring visitors who decide to head to the Castello district, away from the crowds swarming around Piazza San Marco and the ...View
Venice: Doge Pietro Tradonico and the Island of Poveglia in the Venice lagoon
The Island of Poveglia, in the Venice lagoon, is considered by paranormal experts as one of the world’s most haunted places, normally...View
Padua: Donatello’s Altar in the Basilica of St. Anthony in Padua
When visiting the city of Padua a not-to-be-missed monument is the magnificent Basilica dedicated to Saint Anthony of Padua, a Francisc...View
Venice: The Secret Garden of Ca 'Morosini del Giardin in Cannaregio
Unknown places & works
Venice is a magical city for many reasons, amongst them are its many hidden gardens that few are aware of! One of the most secret and f...View