Considered one of the religious architectural masterpiece of Andrea Palladio, the church was commissioned by the Council of the Republic in 1577 as a votive temple sanctify by The Redeemer for having stopped the plague in 1576.
The work represent one of the absolute architectural masterpiece of the Renaissance; it was completed after Andrea Palladio's death in 1580 by his foreman Antonio da Ponte, who remained totally faithful to the original Palladian design.
The Church of the Redeemer is also the center of one of the popular heart-felted celebration by Venetians: the Feast of the Redentore, on the third Sunday of July. Indeed, the church, that is in the Giudecca island, was meant to be the last station for the solemn procession of the Redentore, that cross the Giudecca canal thanks to a bridge of boats, built every year just for this occasion.
The façade, emanating the fascination of a bas-relief from a distance, has the typically Palladian composition of broken pediments and half columns united by a horizontal band.
The whitewashed interior, on the other hand, has all the impressive simplicity of a classical temple. The ground plan is not actually Latin-cross but rather an ingenious series of interconnected spaces (nave, presbytery, choir) forming a ceremonial progression from entrance to high altar.
The paintings on the altars are by the Venetian school, 16th -17th centuries.
There are a number of important artistic works in the church and in the sacristy, such as the big lunette by Pietro Vecchia' "The Virgin presenting Jesus to the Blessed Felix".
In the nave and in the presbytery, paintings by Paolo Veronese and assistants, Jacopo Tintoretto, Francesco Bassano, Paolo Piazza, and Palma il Giovane. Along with the fine Veronese altarpiece "The Baptism of Christ" (1560), the sacristy also treasures valuable reliquaries and other devotional paintings bonded with the history of the church including a panel by Alvise Vivarini and works by Jacopo Palma il Giovane, Jacopo Bassano, and Francesco Bissolo.
Opening time: from Monday to Saturday, from 10.30 to 16.30
(last entrance and closing time of the ticket office and of the bookshop at 16.15)
(Opening time at 13.00)
Full Price: € 3.00
Student price (up to 29 years old, provided with ID): €1,50
· Residents of the municipality of Venice (provided with a valid ID)
· Children up to 11 years old
· Religiou people
· People with disabilites and their carer
· Journalists with Chorus credit (released by the Direction)
· ICOM and ICOMOS associates
· Authorized guides
· In-service offial of MIBAC
· Student and researchers authorized by the Direction
· For groups, one free entrance every 15 participants.
Tickets are on Sale in Venice at the church.
How to get there: Ferry boat stop "Redentore"