The Chiesa di San Rocco dates from 1489, and is the work of Bartolomeo Bon the Younger. The facade, as we see it today, was designed by Bernardino Maccarucci, and dates from 1765. This church is the burial place of San Rocco, or Saint Roch, to whom it is dedicated. The statues on the facade are by the sculptor Giovanni Marchiori. They depict, on the left side of the facade, Gerard de Csanád and Gregorio Barbarigo, while on the right side, you have Lorenzo Giustiniani and Pietro Orseolo. The relief over the doorway depicts “San Rocco Healing the Plague Victims,” and is the work of Giovanni Maria Morlaiter.
The high altar is the work of Venturino Fantoni.
The church is home to many masterpieces by artists such as Tintoretto, Sebastiano Ricci, and Pordenone, but for me, one of the most powerful pieces on display was the beautiful painting of “Christ Expelling the Merchants from the Temple,” by Fumiani.
On the same campo as the Chiesa di San Rocco, you will find La Scuola Grande di San Rocco. This is yet another must-see, when in Venice. The schools of Venice were really confraternities, and were an important part of Venetian life in the 14th and 15th centuries. The Scuola Grande di San Rocco dates from 1478, and is still active to this day. Not only is the school responsible for maintaining its rich artistic heritage and treasures, but it also carries out charitable works for the population of the city. If you are a lover of Tintoretto’s artwork, then, this is the place to go! The walls and ceilings are practically covered with works by the famous artist.
As we slowly made our way back to the apartment, the sky began to clear a bit, and the day to brighten.
The Chiesa di San Sebastiano is also included in the Chorus Pass, which we have mentioned in earlier posts. The church dates from 1468.
Since we were moving on to our next destination the following day, we headed back to the apartment to pack our bags, have a relaxing dinner, and get ready for our next adventure.
Next up: We head to the colorful town of Burano, a place where it is almost impossible to be in a bad mood!
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