Astutely made Churches of Rome

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 Basilica di San Marco

With its dwindling spires, a Byzantine dome, glowing mosaics and extravagant marble work, Venice’s signature church is an extraordinary sight. It was initially fabricated to house St Mark’s cadaver, yet the first church was demolished in 932 and another basilica was developed over it in 1094. The work continued for 500 years as magistrates keep on adding mosaics and ornamentation which were looted from east.

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Established by Dominicans to counter the Franciscans’ I Frari, this fourteenth century church comes nowhere close to beating the rise of I Frari, however it compensates for any shortfall with the sheer scale and multitude of its art work. In the Cappella del Rosario, Paolo Veronese’s roof portrays a Virgin climbing the stairs. The church’s dome on the southwest end of the nave gloats Giambattista Lorenzetti’s Jesus the Navigator, with Jesus examining the skies like a Venetian naval commander.

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I Frari

This rising bricked Gothic church has veneer applied choir areas, Canova’s pyramidal tomb , Bellini’s thoughtful Madonna with baby triptych in the sacristy and Longhena’s unpleasant Doge Pesaro’s great – yet droves of tourists are attracted to the little altarpiece. This is Titian’s 1518 Imagination, in which a brilliant red-cladded Madonna rises to heavens, steps onto a cloud and breaks out from the vicious circle of plague. . After the demise of Titan in 1576, he was buried close to his commendable masterpiece.


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Chiesa della Madonna dell’Orto

This extravagant Gothic church, built in 1365 is devoted to the Guardian Saint of travelers is by far Venice’s best-kept secret. This was the district church of Venetian Renaissance leader Tintoretto, who is entombed here in the corner and spared two of his best works for the exedra: Exhibition of the Virgin in the Temple, with herds of bright angels and mortals craving for a look of Mary, and his 1546 Last Judgment, where lost souls strive to keep down a greenish blue tsunami while a heavenly angel saves one final individual from a gigantic tide.

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Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute

Guarding the passage to the Grand Canal, this seventeenth century domed church was built by Venice’s plague survivors as an obligation for salvation. Baldassare Longhena’s elevated designing questions simplicity, and indeed the congregation is said to have otherworldly curative properties. Titian circumvented the disease until age 94, leaving a legacy of artistic culminations in the Salute’s sacristy.

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