The Church of San Zaccaria, Venice, Northern Italy


The Church of San Zaccaria, Venice, Northern Italy

San Zaccaria is a church in Venice, Northern Italy, dedicated to St. Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist, whose body it purportedly contains. It is a large edifice, located in the quiet Campo San Zaccaria, just off the waterfront to the south east of St. Mark’s Basilica. Church of Saint Zachary located at Castello, Campo San Zaccaria, Venice, Italy. Doge Giustiniano Partecipazio and the Byzantine Emperor Leo V (Leo the Armenian) founded The Church of San Zaccaria in the 9th century. The Church of San Zaccaria  was altered in the 10th and 11th centuries, and rebuilt in the 15th century. The façade is one of the most extraordinary examples of the initial phase of the Venetian Renaissance. Antonio Gambello built the high stylobate (base) with its Gothic Elements. Between 1480 and 1500, his successor, Mauro Codussi, erected the various parts above it in Early Renaissance Style. The church was attached to a Benedictine Monastery, which was visited by the doge annually at Easter.

The Church is ornamented with some striking artwork, which are well signed.

Blessing Christ

The interior of the church has an apse surrounded by an ambulatory lit by tall Gothic windows, a typical feature of Northern European church architecture, which is unique in Venice. The church houses one of the most famous work Holy Conversation by Giovanni Bellini, the San Zaccaria Altarpiece.

Holy Conversation by Giovanni Bellini

Venetian Tidal Waters partially covering the crypt floor is worth visiting. Crypt has a lovely Bellini, a shrine to St. Zaccaria and a very interesting side chapel, which contains beautiful choir stalls and three beautiful carved and gilt altarpieces.

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