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Church of the Zitelle in Venice

The Church of the Zitelle or Santa Maria della Presentazione in Venice: the history, the photographs, the paintings and the works of art preserved inside it, the map and the information to reach it.

Chiesa delle Zitelle VeniceChurch of Zitelle -  Isola della Giudecca, Fondamenta delle Zitelle, Dorsoduro 32 - Venice

The Church of the Zitelle is located on the Giudecca island, within the Dorsoduro district.

The full name is Santa Maria della Presentazione and the complex includes a church, an ancient convent and institute for poor orphans, active since the eighteenth century and famous for the production of precious lace "dot in air".

The formal cleaning of the façade and the references of classical architecture prove Andrea Palladio's participation in the first project, completed by the manufacturer Jacopo Bozzetto in 1586.

The imposing central dome that can be admired from the foundations of the Zattere, rests inside on heavy Corinthian columns that are in agreement with the eighteenth-century alterations that the church has undergone. The temple of the Zitelle boasts an altarpiece by Jacopo Palma il Giovane (The prayer in the garden) and on the high altar The Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple whose attribution is uncertain between Francesco and Leandro Bassano.

How to reach the Church of the Zitelle

The Church of the Zitelle is located on the Giudecca island, and can be reached by boat. By boat the nearest stop is San Giorgio, lines 2 and 4.1. The Church of the Zitelle is located a few meters going left in front of the exit from the pier.
Hours: from April to the end of October from 9.00 to 19.00; from November to March from 8.30 to 18.00. The timetable is uninterrupted and the last climb to the bell tower is 20 minutes before closing time. On Sundays the visits are suspended from 10.40am to 12.00am for Holy Mass.
Tickets: free admission to the church. Campanile € 6; reduced for students under 26, over 65, residents and groups over 30 people € 4.
Telephone: +39.041.5227827

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