Chiesa di Santo Stefano

sights / Religious

Chiesa di Santo Stefano information

Venice , Italy
Campo Santo Stefano
Getting there
Ferry: Accademia
More information
admission €3, or with Chorus Pass free
Opening hours
10am-5pm Mon-Sat
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The free-standing bell tower behind it leans disconcertingly, but this brick Gothic church has stood tall since 1325. Credit for ship-shape splendour goes to Bartolomeo Bon for the marble entry portal and to Venetian shipbuilders, who constructed the vast wooden carena di nave (ship’s keel) ceiling that resembles an upturned Noah’s Ark.

Enter the cloisters museum to see Canova’s 1808 funerary stelae featuring gorgeous women dabbing their eyes with their cloaks. Also worth looking at are Tullio Lombardo’s wide-eyed 1505 saint, and three brooding 1575–80 Tintorettos – Last Supper, with a ghostly dog begging for bread; the gathering gloom of Agony in the Garden ; and the abstract, mostly black Washing of the Feet .