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Venice Sights

San Giorgio Maggiore

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 04/02/2015

Fodor's Review

There's been a church on this island since the 8th century, with a Benedictine monastery added in the 10th century. Today's refreshingly airy and simply decorated church of brick and white marble was begun in 1566 by Palladio and displays his architectural hallmarks of mathematical harmony and classical influence. The Last Supper and the Gathering of Manna, two of Tintoretto's later works, line the chancel. To the right of the entrance hangs The Adoration of the Shepherds by Jacopo Bassano (1517–92); his affection for his home in the foothills, Bassano del Grappa, is evident in the bucolic subjects and terra-firma colors he chooses. The monks are happy to show Carpaccio's St. George and the Dragon, hanging in a private room, if they have time. The campanile dates from 1791, the previous structures having collapsed twice.

Adjacent to the church is the complex now housing the Cini Foundation, containing a very beautiful cloister designed by Palladio in 1560, his refectory, and a library designed by Longhena. Guided tours are given on weekends (10–4), reservations not required.

Sight Information


Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice, Veneto, 30133, Italy



Sight Details:

  • Church free, campanile €3
  • Daily 9:30–12:30 and 2–6, Sun. 2–6 (hrs tend to be flexible)

Updated 04/02/2015


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