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Chiesa di Santa Maria Formosa

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Address: Castello, 5263, 30122 Venice, Italy
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Lovely Old Church Off the Tourist Trail

A lovely old church not too far from St Mark's Square but miles away from the tourist throng. It has an interesting history & some novel inclusions such as the (new) font which... read more

Reviewed 2 May 2016
Hunter Valley, NSW
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Pleasanton, California
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355 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The current church was built in 1492 on the footprint of an older one. This is one of the churches that we bought the Chorus Pass for and are rewarded by an information card and a lighted church. A Chorus Pass costs 12 Euro and gives you entry to around 18 churches. Or you can buy an individual ticket at... More 

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Binghamton, New York
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99 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017

We did not go inside this church. The outside is pleasing enough but I did not find it particularly striking. Although by this point in the day we'd been looking at facades for hours and that might have been part of the reason.

Thank Julian S
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2017

Whereas I enjoy looking at the architecture and interesting features of churches and cathedrals, I do find they can be too similar to make an indelible impression on me. There are exceptions, of course, but generally a church I see in an Italian city looks similar to most others from the outside, incredibly ornate inside and any “wow” factor experienced... More 

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Cricklade, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

Took a quick look as we were staying nearby. Seemed to be closed most of the time we were there but there are a number of worth while art pieces to be seen inside. Outside a relatively plain façade is redeemed by the beautiful campanile / bell tower. If you are keen to visit churches then this is worth a... More 

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Okmulgee, OK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 September 2016

I was told the Formosa refers to Mary being pregnant. This small church, which was being restored the first time I was there, but still had an excellent chamber music program, has large canvases of Mary, pregnant with Christ Jesus. It is still a very attractive and interesting to visit.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2016

This was the first chorus church we visited on our recent trip to Venice.. Lovely facade & bell tower. And the interior is worth a visit if you are passing. The church is surrounded by a very big square.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 June 2016 via mobile

You may want to avoid this place. It's very plain inside and the locals are oddly mean spirited here. My wife and I visited on a Saturday afternoon to quietly sit in this church, say a prayer, and appreciate the environment. We were well dressed and were not carrying any touristy bags or cameras. But when we attempted to sit... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 June 2016

There are so many churches in Venice and you can end up feeling a bit churched-out! This is a nice one and it is a little off the beaten track so it's worth a visit just to escape the crowds!

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Hunter Valley, NSW
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 196 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 May 2016

A lovely old church not too far from St Mark's Square but miles away from the tourist throng. It has an interesting history & some novel inclusions such as the (new) font which appears to be a fully submersible walk-in one. Definitely worth a look.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 570 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2016

The Church of the Shapely Saint Mary (yes, that is the translation) was built in the late 1400's while the bright white façade is from the mid-1500's (as was the style at the time). The most notable feature is the pinkish bell tower with clock. The very plain interior features white-washed walls and ceilings, very little decoration and no gilding.... More 

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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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