Chiesa di Santo Stefano

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S. Marco, 3471C, Venice 30124

Chiesa di Santo Stefano is one of the most interesting churches in Venice. It's a Roman Catholic church and the third largest monastery church in the city. The Church of St. Stephen (in English) has a unique feature. Thanks to its location on the Venice map, the boats can drive under the part of the building. Located in Campo Santo Stefano in the San Marco sestiere, it won't be hard to find. 

History, architecture & design

From the outside, Chiesa di Santo Stefano looks rather plain due to its all-brick facade. Yet, inside it's a genuine architectural masterpiece with an impressive Renaissance art collection. 

The church was founded in the 13th century by the monks of St. Augustine. In the 14th and 15th centuries, reconstructions took place. That's how the beautiful gothic doorway and the ship's keel-shaped roof appeared. The roof is the work of Venetian shipbuilders. They constructed the ceiling that reminds you of Noah's ark. The marble gothic portal, built in 1442, is by Bartolomeo Bono. 

The church's interior is also gothic, with three apses and a large central rose window. It lets in a lot of light, making the church very bright inside and highlighting its beauty. From the outside, you can see the leaning campanile - another unusual feature of Chiesa di Santo Stefano. 

The art & treasures inside the church

In Chiesa di Santo Stefano you will find notable art by famous Venetian painters like Paolo Veneziano or Bartolomeo Vivarini. But the church's most known for the impressive paintings by Tintoretto. They are the Last Supper, the Resurrection, Christ Washing the Disciples' Feet, and the Prayer in the Garden. 

Here you'll also find the Funeral Stele of Senatore Giovanni Falier by Antonio Canova. Another find is the Baptism of Jesus by Pomponio Amalteo. As for relics, the church is home to Doge Morosini's tombstone.

Opening Hours

10am-5pm Mon-Sat