Chiesa di Santa Maria Formosa

Chiesa di Santa Maria Formosa

Chiesa di Santa Maria Formosa
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Neighbourhood: Castello
Castello is the largest of the six sestieri (districts), and the only one not facing onto the Grand Canal. More than half of Castello is situated within Arsenale, the naval base, which occupies over one-fifth the area of Venice. This gentrified maritime neighbourhood feels busy but casual. Castello’s side streets are laid back, with small boats lining canals criss-crossed by laundry. Semiannual exhibitions add a strong artsy current to the Arsenale area. Via Garibaldi in Castello, with its shops and bars, has one of Venice's rare straight and wide boulevards. When a large ship turns around the Lido to enter the Giudecca Canal, the startling sight creates an illusion that it will run aground right on Via Garibaldi! Families treasure Giardini near the island's tip, green with rare trees and grass, and Riva degli Schiavoni is a popular spot for Venetians to take a stroll to watch the sunset.
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  • Gregory W
    Mankato, Minnesota3,829 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice Experience
    Santa Maria Formosa, formally The Church of the Purification of Mary, was erected in 1492 under the design by Renaissance architect Mauro Codussi. It lies on the site of a previous church dating from the 7th century, which, according to tradition, was one of the eight founded by San Magno, a bishop. The name "formosa" relates to an alleged appearance of the Holy Virgin disguised as a voluptuous woman. The plan is on the Latin cross, with a nave and two aisles. The two façades were commissioned in 1542, the Renaissance-style one facing the canal, and 1604, the Baroque one facing the nearby square. The dome of the church was rebuilt after falling in during an earthquake in 1688.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 29 November 2023
  • CarolinaNurse323
    Kernersville, North Carolina6,440 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    "WE FINALLY GOT TO GO INSIDE!!"
    My husband & I were on vacation in Venice celebrating our #55 anniversary and we knew we wanted to see this church! At home in North Carolina, USA we watch a live webcam of this Campo Santa Maria Formosa daily with the webcam mounted on top of the Ruzzini Palace Hotel located across from this church. We see people coming & going on the Campo, people sitting outside in the chairs & canopies provided by the Bar All'Orologio, which is on the corner across from the church. We notice the days when the chairs are taken in and canopies are all open. We see lights on and lights off in the various homes and see people coming and going into the church. So, when we decided to come to Venice for our anniversary, this Campo, this church and various other Ristorantes in the area were some we knew we wanted to see firsthand! We ate our anniversary dinner on this square at the Ristorante Campo Santa Maria Formosa which was outstanding! The Chiesa di Santa Maria Formosa did not disappoint! We saw where the church was built in 1492 and the interior was stunning to see! So glad we had the opportunity to view inside, so whenever we watch the webcam in the future it will have a special meaning and significance to us!
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 January 2024
  • Tommo
    Melbourne, Australia55,376 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Built in 1492
    Chiesa di Santa Maria Formosa Venice is formally The Church of the Purification of Mary. It was built in 1492. The name “formosa” relates to an alleged appearance of the Holy Virgin disguised as a voluptuous woman. The church has two façades. One is of Renaissance-style and one facing the canal, of Baroque style. The curch dome was rebuilt after falling during an earthquake in 1688.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 March 2024
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Tommo
Melbourne, Australia55,376 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Chiesa di Santa Maria Formosa Venice is formally The Church of the Purification of Mary.

It was built in 1492.

The name “formosa” relates to an alleged appearance of the Holy Virgin disguised as a voluptuous woman.

The church has two façades. One is of Renaissance-style and one facing the canal, of Baroque style.

The curch dome was rebuilt after falling during an earthquake in 1688.
Written 4 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

CarolinaNurse323
Kernersville, NC6,440 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
My husband & I were on vacation in Venice celebrating our #55 anniversary and we knew we wanted to see this church!
At home in North Carolina, USA we watch a live webcam of this Campo Santa Maria Formosa daily with the webcam mounted on top of the Ruzzini Palace Hotel located across from this church.
We see people coming & going on the Campo, people sitting outside in the chairs & canopies provided by the Bar All'Orologio, which is on the corner across from the church.
We notice the days when the chairs are taken in and canopies are all open.
We see lights on and lights off in the various homes and see people coming and going into the church.
So, when we decided to come to Venice for our anniversary, this Campo, this church and various other Ristorantes in the area were some we knew we wanted to see firsthand!
We ate our anniversary dinner on this square at the Ristorante Campo Santa Maria Formosa which was outstanding!
The Chiesa di Santa Maria Formosa did not disappoint!
We saw where the church was built in 1492 and the interior was stunning to see!
So glad we had the opportunity to view inside, so whenever we watch the webcam in the future it will have a special meaning and significance to us!
Written 3 January 2024
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Gregory W
Mankato, MN3,829 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
Santa Maria Formosa, formally The Church of the Purification of Mary, was erected in 1492 under the design by Renaissance architect Mauro Codussi. It lies on the site of a previous church dating from the 7th century, which, according to tradition, was one of the eight founded by San Magno, a bishop. The name "formosa" relates to an alleged appearance of the Holy Virgin disguised as a voluptuous woman.

The plan is on the Latin cross, with a nave and two aisles. The two façades were commissioned in 1542, the Renaissance-style one facing the canal, and 1604, the Baroque one facing the nearby square. The dome of the church was rebuilt after falling in during an earthquake in 1688.
Written 29 November 2023
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Moscow, Russia139,962 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
The church was built in 1492 on the site of an old church designed by Mauro Codussi. The church houses several masterpieces of representatives of the Venetian school of painting. The Venetian architect Giovanni Scalfarotto was buried in the church in 1764.
Written 10 January 2023
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PavlaPavla
Chrudim, Czech Republic6,903 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
I discovered this Renaissance church by chance while walking around Venice, so I took a look inside. Right at the entrance was a painting "Approval of the Order of the Holy Trinity" by Baldassare d'Anna. There were a few other paintings in the interior, but nothing extraordinary. However, if you're in the area, it's worth visit it.
Written 4 August 2022
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IlyaNJ
Marlboro, NJ992 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Part of the Chorus circuit, this church boast impressively decorated chapels, well worth stepping in.
Written 6 July 2022
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Ian C
London, UK23,740 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
This church dominates the square which takes its name but, as other reviewers have noted, it is not one of Venice's most outstanding churches.

It does have an interesting history however. The original church was built in tge 7th century and was the first church in Venice dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It was subsequently rebuilt a few times, the last being the church we see today built by Mauro Codussi from 1492, with a later Baroque facade completed in 1604 with images of the Cappello family who paid for it.

The interior contains an alterpiece by Giovanni Segala of the Doge being presented with brides kidnapped by Narentine pirates, linking back to an event in 944 when the captured brides were rescued by members of the guild of the Casselleri (watchmakers) based here, the reward for which was an annual visit to the church by the Doge.

Written 8 November 2019
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Rob M
Escondido, CA2,825 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
We walked past this church everyday during of stay in Venice, as our apartment was nearbly, but did not go in
Written 26 May 2019
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DAVID L
Los Angeles, CA8,035 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
We saw the Church while we were enjoying our walk on Santa Maria Formosa Campo in Castillo. It’s a nice historic church (1400’s), but it’s not one of the splendidly decorated ones of Venice. It does have a special Last Supper painting. Good for a quickie visit when walking the Campo Formosa. Enjoy!
Written 18 February 2019
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Charon666
San Francisco, CA212 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
Venice has wonderful churches, such as Santa Maria dei Miracoli—but this is not one of them. The paintings are unappealing, many of them 19th Century. The interior and exterior lack distinction. Location is convenient.

Written 26 June 2018
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