Chiesa di Sant’Eufemia

Church in Giudecca, Lido & the Southern Islands

Four women saints were venerated in the original AD 890 church here, but Sts Dorothy, Tecla and Erasma weren’t as popular as early Christian martyr Euphemia. She was thrown to hungry lions in Chalcedon (present-day Turkey), but after biting off her hand, the lions refused to eat her holy virgin flesh – a hungry bear was less forgiving. The simple Veneto-Byzantine structure you see today dates from 1371. Frescoes decorate the ceiling of the baroque interior.

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