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Attractions in Castello area, Venice

Basilica di San Giovanni e Paolo

The Basilica di San Giovanni e Paolo is, known in the Venetian dialect as San Zanipolo, is one of the largest churches in the city. After the 15th century the funeral services of all of Venice's doges were held here, and twenty-five doges are buried in the church.

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Campo dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo

Campo dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo is among the most attractive squares in Venice, as far as architecture and monuments are concerned. It comes as no surprise that the spot was nicknamed Campo delle Maravege, or 'Square of Marvels'. The most impressive building dominating the campo is the Roman Catholic church, dedicated to Saint Giovanni and Saint Paolo.

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Chiesa di San Biagio

The Chiesa di San Biagio is a church dedicated to Saint Blaise, in the sestiere of Castello in Venice. The church now stands adjacent to the Museo Storico Navale. Till 1511, this served as the church for the Greek community which had emigrated to Venice after the fall of Constantinople.

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Chiesa di San Francesco della Vigna

San Francesco della Vigna is a church in the Sestiere of Castello in Venice. Along with Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, this is one of two Franciscan churches in Venice. The church was designed in Renaissance style by Jacopo Sansovino. The facade of the church was ultimately commissioned from Andrea Palladio (1562) by Giovanni Grimani.

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Chiesa di San Giorgio dei Greci

San Giorgio dei Greci is a church in the sestiere of Castello, for centuries, despite the close ties of Venice to the Byzantine world, the Greek Orthodox rite was not permitted in Venice. In 1498, the Greek community gained the right to found the Scuola de San Nicolò dei Greci, a confraternity which aided members of that community.

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Chiesa di San Giovanni in Bragora

San Giovanni in Bragora is a church in Venice, Italy, located in the sestiere of Castello, it was founded in the early 8th century, allegedly by St. Magnus of Oderzo; in the following century, under doge Pietro III Candiano, it was rebuilt to house the alleged relics of St. John the Baptist.

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Ex Chiesa di Santa Giustina

Santa Giustina is a church building in the sestiere of Castello, Venice. It no longer functions as a church. It was initially rebuilt in the second half of the 15th century by Augustinian nuns. The building garlanded with Istrian marble, was commissioned by the procurator, Giovanni Soranzo, who asked Baldassare Longhena to build it.

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Fondazione Querini Stampalia

In the Fondazione Querini Stampalia with its eighteenth century and neoclassical furniture, porcelain, bisque, sculpture, globes and paintings from the 14th to the 20th century, most of which are from the Venetian school, an atmosphere of a noble residence is bestowed by mirrors and lamps of Murano glass and fabrics woven to historical designs.

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La Serra dei Giardini - The Greenhouse

Located in Castello, La Serra dei Giardini is just a few minutes from the Giardini della Biennale. Historically known as Serra Margherita (Margherita Greenhouse), was built in 1894 with the intention to create a tepidarium made of glass and iron to host the palm trees and other decorative plants in use at the coeval International Art Exhibition.

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Parco delle Rimembranze

The Parco delle Rimembranze or Pineta di Sant'Elena remembers the soldiers that died in the second world war. This pleasant park is full of tall trees, plants and benches. There are also excellent children's play areas, large areas of grass and there is even a roller skating rink. This park is an ideal place for a relaxing picnic.

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