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    The Church of San Geremia e Santa Lucia is a church in Venice, located on the left bank of the Grand Canal, as you are heading to Piazza San Marco, right before its confluence with Canale di Cannaregio.

     

    SHORT HISTORY

    The Church of San Geremia was founded in the 11th century by Mauro Tosello, who used it to house the arm of St. Bartholomew brought from Apulia in 1043. The church was dedicated to the prophet Jeremiah, an old testament figure.

    The church was rebuilt in 1174 by the Doge Sebastiano Ziani and reconsecrated in 1292.

    Later, the church was demolished and rebuilt again in 1753, by Carlo Corbellini, a Brescian priest and architect. The first mass was celebrated on April 27th, 1760, during the final works of reconstruction.

    Following the damage made by the Austrian bombardment from 1849, two facades were built in the second half of the 18th century, one facing Campo San Geremia (St. Jeremiah Square), and the other one oriented towards Cannaregio Canal.

    A chapel built in 1863 contains the relics of the Sicilian Santa Lucia, stolen by Enrico Dandolo during the Sack of Constantinople, which, in 1204, marked the end of the Fourth Crusade.

     

    ART AND ARCHITECTURE

    The interior of the church is simplistic. In the beautiful altar, with its presbytery, you can admire the statues of St. Peter the Apostle and St. Jeremiah the prophet, made by Giovanni Ferrari at the end of the 18th century. In the background, you can discover the monochrome fresco of Agostino Mengozzi Colonna.

    Other works of art worth mentioning are The Coronation of Venice by St. Magnus, one of the four paintings made by Palma il Giovane for the church, and sculptures by Giovanni Maria Morlaiter and by Giovanni Marchiori.

     

    HOW TO GET THERE

    Technically, the closest waterbus station is Guglie, on ACTV Lines 4.1, 4.2, 5.1 and 5.2, about 250 meters from the church, but you will probably get there on foot coming on Lista di Spagna from Santa Lucia Train Station, only 350 meters away. If you need precise directions, you can use the map below.

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