What to See in Venice: Some Noteworthy Churches in Cannaregio:
Cannaregio was once the cradle of painters, sculptors, composers and other artistic types. Many churches in Cannaregio have benefited from artists such as Tintoretto and Titian having homes in this district.
Here are some of the main churches to see in Cannaregio:
Church of Santa Maria di Nazareth o dei Carmelitani Scalzi (Barefoot Carmelites)
This grand-looking church is located near the Venezia Santa Lucia train station. Designed by Baldassarre Longhena, its grandiose façade was built by Giuseppe Sardi. Inside are many works of art, including those by G.B.Tiepolo. The Church of Santa Maria di Nazareth is today a national monument.
Church of San Geremia
The Church of San Geremia houses the relics of Saint Lucia and is therefore a place of pilgrimage. A bizarre event occurred on July 7, 1981 when the saint’s body was stolen, but it was restored in December that same year without any ransom being paid.
Church of San Giobbe
Chiesa di San Giobbe (known as Sant’Agiopo in Venetian) overlooks the campo of the same name. It is one of the five votive churches built in Venice after the onset of the plague, which explains its plain look. Inside it is decorated with the works of Tuscan artists such as Luca della Robbia, Basaiti and Bordone.
Church of the Madonna dell’Orto
Built towards the middle of the fourteenth century, Madonna dell’Orto is a beautiful example of Venetian Gothic. It was originally dedicated to Saint Christopher and later dedicated to the Virgin Mary
after the finding a statue of the Virgin in a nearby garden, a statue which is believed to possess miraculous powers. Madonna dell’Orto is Tintoretto’s parish church – he lived and worked a few blocks away. The church houses many works by Tintoretto and Cima da Conegliano.
Church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli
Church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli is one of the best kept secrets of Venice. It is one of the finest examples of Venetian Renaissance architecture. With its coloured marble facade, it is also known as “marble church”.
Built around 1482 from a design by Pietro Lombardo, it is decorated with polychrome marble and bas-reliefs of sirens and tritons, which are unusual decorations for a church. It still has the small altar-piece painted by Nicolò di Pietro.
Church of San Marziale
Although Chiesa San Marziale contains works of art by Vassilacchi, Cresti and Tintoretto, it is the ceiling fescoes by Sebastiano Ricci that is the main attraction. It has an elaborate marble altar dedicated to the Blessed Virgin of the Graces.