The double church of San Zaccaria in VeniceHistorical Curiosities
The double church of San Zaccaria in Venice
Almost all the churches in the city of Venice were founded in medieval times and then completely reconstructed when the medieval style 'went out of fashion'. Unlike the case of the Church of San Zaccaria.
It is one of the earliest monastic foundations of the city, dating back to the 7th century. The first church was replaced by another in the Romanesque style in the 11th century.
During the course of the 1400s, it was decided that the church was too old and small for the prestige of the monastery, where there were young nuns from the most important Venetian noble families. However, in this case unlike the usual way (demolition and reconstruction), the new church was built next to the old one, thereby incorporating it!
Thus, parallel to the present church, built in the Gothic style by Antonio Gambello and completed in the Renaissance style by Mauro Codussi, there is still the medieval one: part of the old nave became the chapel for the nuns (who followed mass separated from the others), and the apse, decorated with amazing frescoes by Andrea del Castagno, became a simple side chapel.
Looking at the beautiful marble facade you can still see the old structure built with the incorporated bell tower...
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