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Santissimo Redentore Review

After a plague in 1576 claimed some 50,000 people—nearly one-third of the city's population (including Titian)—Andrea Palladio was asked to design a commemorative church. Giudecca's Capucin friars offered land and their services, provided the building was in keeping with the simplicity of their hermitage. Consecrated in 1592, after Palladio's death, the Redentore (considered Palladio's supreme achievement in ecclesiastical design) is dominated by a dome and a pair of slim, almost minaret-like bell towers. Its deceptively simple, stately façade leads to a bright, airy interior. There aren't any paintings or sculptures of note, but the harmony and elegance of the interior makes a visit worthwhile.

For hundreds of years, on the third weekend in July the doge would make a pilgrimage here to give thanks to the Redeemer for ending the 16th-century plague. The event has become the Festa del Redentore, a favorite Venetian festival featuring boats, fireworks, and outdoor feasting. It's the one time of year you can walk to Giudecca—across a temporary pontoon bridge connecting Redentore with the Zattere.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Fondamenta San Giacomo, Giudecca, Venice, 30133 | Map It
  • Phone: 041/5231415; 041/2750462 Chorus Foundation
  • Cost: €3, free with Chorus Pass
  • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 10–5
  • Vaporetto: Vaporetto: Redentore.
  • Location: San Giorgio Maggiore and the Giudecca
Updated: 11-13-2013

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