The Church of San Stae: a Baroque Masterpiece

by Elena Brunello
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The church of San Stae is located in the sestiere of Santa Croce. An example of lavish Baroque, the building is decorated with colossal sculptures and rich paintings by famous Venetian artists.

San Stae is a Baroque church located in the sestiere of Santa Croce. A colossal facade richly decorated with statues and sculptures faces the Grand Canal, making of this venue a charming and typically Venetian one. An important place of worship for Catholics, this church was initially designed in the 11th century and later reconstructed by architect Domenico Rossi in the 17th century.

Within the sestiere of Santa Croce, San Stae, a Venetian abbreviation for Saint Eustachius, is without any doubt one of the highlights of the area together with Ca’ Pesaro. Many important artists decorated this lavish building, among them sculptors as Giuseppe Torretto, Antonio Tarsia, Antonio Corradini, and Pietro Baratta. Do not miss the decorations inside: 18th-century painter Sebastiano Ricci decorated the ceilings with two majestic paintings. As with many other churches in the city, two Doge are buried inside San Stae: Alvise Mocenigo, who commissioned the redesigning of the church, is buried at the center, while Marco Foscarini is entombed in the family’s chapel.

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Open    Mon-Sat 1.45pm-4.30pm


Full fare: 3 euros

Concessions: 1.50 euro

Campo San Stae 30135, Venice

Sestiere Santa Croce

WATER BOAT: Vaporetto line 1 (stop San Stae)

+39 041 2750462


GPS: 45.4565786,12.354788
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