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San Polo

Church of San Polo - VeniceFounded in the 9th century, rebuilt in the 15th century, and revamped in the early 19th century in Neo-Classical style, the Church of San Polo lacks any sense of homogeneity. Yet it is worth visiting for individual features such as the lovely Gothic portal, and the Romanesque lions at the foot of the 14th century campanile. One lion holds a serpent between its paws and the other, a human head.

Inside, follow the signs for the Via Crucis del Tiepolo, the fourteen canvases of the Stations of the Cross by Giandomenico Tiepolo. The church also has paintings by Veronese, Palma il Giovane and a dark and dramatic Last Supper by Tintoretto.

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