The Gesuiti Church or more simply Church of Santa Maria Assunta is considered excessive, sumptuous and sumptuous. Rebuilt in the 18th century in the Jesuit camp, not far from the New Foundations, it is often confused with that of the Gesuati in the Dorsoduro district, better known as the Church of Santa Maria del Rosario.

The Gesuiti Church

The monumental baroque exterior only gives a glimpse of how rich the interior is, which with inlays of white and green marble, perfectly renders the idea of the upholstery, and deceives the view so much that it is not believed to be stone.

The Gesuiti Church

Built in 1148 the church of Santa Maria Assunta is surrounded by land and marshes, which a few years later Cleto Gussoni equipped to build a hospital for the care of the poor sick, whether they were women or men.

Over the years the church was particularly destroyed due to some fires, and always rebuilt, ending up in the hands of various orders, including the Franciscan nuns, the Regular Canons of Santo Spirito, the Servants of Mary, until 1568 which was redelivered to the Crociferi.

The Gesuiti Church

Subsequently it ended up under Venezia, which sold the entire complex, consisting of the church, a hospital and a convent, for fifty thousand ducats to the Jesuits. Over the years the old Jesuit church was no longer enough, because it was not large enough, so in 1715 thanks to funding from the Manin family, they rebuilt their church.

Then consecrated in 1728. The building has an imposing facade, designed by Domenico Rossi and is a enhancement of the eighteenth-century Venetian Baroque culture.

In its sumptuous interior with a Latin cross, typical of the Jesuits, we find several important works, including in the Chapel of San Lorenzo the Martyrdom of San Lorenzo, a masterpiece by Titian, on the altar by Giuseppe Pozzo there is the Assumption of the Virgin, from 1555 by the young Tintoretto, in the sacristy we find a large cycle of works by Palma il Giovane, on the wall of the entrance door there are several works by Cima da Conegliano and finally in the Guardian Angel Chapel we find the guardian angel and angels carrying the souls, from 1619 by Palma il Giovane.

The canopy in the main altar refers to that of St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. Many experts judge the church to be exaggerated, but in any case, you cannot fail to be fascinated by the incredible ability that entailed its creation.


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