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Scuola Grande di San Rocco
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Venice Sightseeing Walking Tour with a Local Guide
Ranked #15 of 810 things to do in Venice
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Scuola Grande di San Rocco is a lay confraternity founded in 1478. The popularity of the cult of St. Roch, whose remains had been in the possession of the brotherhood since 1485, contributed to the latter’s rapid expansion to the extent of it becoming the richest Scuola of the city. At that point it was decided to build a new monumental headquarters and engage Tintoretto to decorate it with his most celebrated pictorial cycle, illustrating episodes from the New and Old Testaments. It is the only one of the historic Scuole Grandi to have survived the fall of the republic. It is a unique site, where over 60 paintings are preserved in their original setting in a building that has hardly undergone any alteration since its construction. The confraternity is still active today, carrying out its traditional charitable duties as well as looking after its extraordinary artistic patrimony.
Reviewed 28 March 2014

For anyone interested in art, this shrine to Tintoretto is an absolute MUST. Quite stunning - and words cannot describe it. Not many people visit it - but take the ferry from St. Mark's Saure (4.1 or 4.2) to San Tomo and it is just a short walk from there.

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Reviewed 28 March 2014

For anyone remotely interested in Art, this is an absolute must. Take the vaporetto from St. Marks to San Tomo, and it lies just a short walk away. The scuelo is in two floors, which are essentially a shrine to Tintoretto. The walls of the lower floor are lined with huge - nay, massive, - paintings by Tintoretto and in themselves are just incredible. One is humbled by the magnificence of his paintings - and they certainly place the likes of Damien Hirst, Tracy Emin and other modernist 'artists' in perspective. The upper floor is just so spectacular no words can describe it. Except possibly to say that the ceiling is reminiscent of Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel. Tintoretto's 'Crucifixion' is so stunning you could look at it for a week and still not see it all. This is truly one of the great gems of Venice, not to be missed.

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Reviewed 28 March 2014

We spent a good 2 hours in this building looking at the ceilings and frescoes which were absolutely mind-blowing. They were beautiful and one almost felt like they were breathing. Highly recommended despite the admission fee.

Thank Edward2651
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Reviewed 23 March 2014 via mobile

When U are standing in front of it you are quite impressed by the stunning architecture from it but in that moment when U enter it will just overtake U
I was standing there recognizing how small a human being is and what art combined with atmosphere is all about

I will not forget this moment and the whole building will stuck in my mind
Just awesome!

Thank JonyInD
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Reviewed 20 March 2014

This CHURCH (not the scuola) is very very beautiful, even more beautiful since it is free. Free places in Venice are exceedingly rare, so I would DEFINITELY go here. Everything in Venice was incredible. The church was awesome and the area was very colorful. It was located on the way to San Marco's and was convenient. Just to be clear, this refers to the church at San Rocco - in the same square is Scuola Di San Rocco. The church is worth a few minutes of anyone's time if passing closeby, it has some interesting paintings, but is not one of the more elaborately decorated churched in Venice.

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