The Redentore


The Basilica del Redentore known to all as Redentore is a basilica built on the island of Giudecca. It was designed and partially built by Andrea Palladio in 1577. Palladio died of the plague during the construction of the church but it was finished in a manner consistent with the original design. The Senate of the Venetian Republic decided to build the basilica as a votive offering to end the plague. The plague of 1575-1577 was one of the most devastating plagues on Venice, with more than 50,000 people thought to have died. The church was initially intended for the Capuchin friars, who followed the Franciscan models in avoiding the use of too precious materials. The statue dedicated to St Francis of Assisi and also to St Mark, the city's patron saint, at the entrance is proof of this.  Andrea Palladio wanted to build the Basilica in the internal likeness of classical spa structures.

The white marble façade is a masterpiece of Palladian maturity, reminiscent of Roman works. The influence of ancient classical art is evident here.  Two prominent cylindrical bell towers enhance the Redentore dome. The Basilica del Redentore is a true Renaissance masterpiece in Venice.

Inside you will find a single nave in a rectangular plan with three apses. It almost resembles a Latin cross. A lot of light enters from the large windows, giving life to volumes and spaces. At the end you will find a presbytery and the great high altar with columns to highlight it.

The church boasts magnificent works such as Tintoretto's 'The Flagellation of Christ' from 1588 and Paolo Veronese's 'Baptism of Christ' from 1560.

The Church of the Redeemer is associated with the festival held at the end of July, the famous Feast of the Redeemer.  This festival is the oldest and one of the most loved in Venice. If you visit Venice during the month of July we recommend you to visit the Basilica and participate in the Redentore festival.