Church of San Zaccaria

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The façade of the church.
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The Chiesa di S. Zaccaria, or San Zaccaria as it is locally known, was founded in the year 829 and is a Catholic church.



The church is said to be one founded by Saint Magnus in the 7th century, however several logs confirm one was erected by Doge Agnello Partecipazio in the 9th century dedicated to Saint Zacharias. The bones of St. Zacharias were given to Venice as a gift by the Byzantine Emperor while the church was being built. A convent for Benedictine nuns was also built at this time. The current church was built in the 15th century with a Gothic/Renaissance façade. Saved from suppression during Napoleon's rule of Venice, the convent took in many displaced nuns. San Zaccaria has an expansive history with Doges, partly due to its proximity to the Basilica of San Marco and the Doge's Palace. Three Doges were assassinated on the streets surrounding San Zaccaria, one was even killed on the steps leading to the church entrance. The convent was also forced to give their orchard to the Doge when the Piazza di San Marco was being planned, as it stood between the planned Basilica and the Lagoon.

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Bell Tower of San Zaccaria

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The image below depicts the floor plan of San Zaccaria, including the location of the Church Floor Artifacts.



See Also


  1. Lorenzetti, Giulio. “Venice and its Lagoon: Historical-Artistic Guide” Edizoni LINT S.R.L. Italy. 1994.
  2. Cotton, Jeff. “Churches of Venice” 2012.

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