Venice – Chorus Churches

The Venice “Chorus Association”, officially the Chorus Associazione per le Chiese del Patriarcho di Venezia,  has a very focused purpose, set forth on their extensively illustrated website at www.chorusvenezia.org :

“The aim of Chorus is to contribute to the safeguarding, conservation, restoration and valorisation of the architectural and artistic heritage of churches in the city of Venice and elsewhere in the Patriarchate.”

As of October 2009, sixteen churches belong to the association.  They are,

1.  Santa Maria del Giglio (San Marco) (7th C. “Matrix” church, rebuilt 17th C.)

2.  Santo Stephano (San Marco) (1294, Augustinian, Gothic, Bon brick facade)

3.  Santa Maria Formosa (Castello) (639, rebuilt 1492+, Mauro Codussi)

Santa Maria Formosa  (c)2007 Randy D. Bosch

Santa Maria Formosa (c)2007 Randy D. Bosch

4.  Santa Maria dei Miracoli (Cannaregio)(1489, Pietro Lombardo, Architect)

Santa Maria dei Miracoli  (c)2006 Randy D. Bosch

Santa Maria dei Miracoli (c)2006 Randy D. Bosch

5.  San Giovanni Elemosinaro (San Polo)(>1051, rebuilt 1531, Scarpagnino, Arch. )

6.  San Polo (San Polo)(9th C., rebuilt 15th & 18th C.. Tiepolo & Tintoretto masterworks)

San Polo - South Side Nave Entrance (c)2009 Randy D. Bosch

San Polo - South Side Nave Entrance (c)2009 Randy D. Bosch

7.  Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari (San Polo)(11-12th C., 14th C. remodel; Franciscan)

Frari - Campanile  (c)2009 Randy D. Bosch

Frari - Campanile (c)2009 Randy D. Bosch

8.  San Giacomo dell’Orio (Santa Croce)(9th C.,rebuilt 1225,remodel 16th C. Keel Roof)

San Giacomo dall'Orio - Apse  (c)2009 Randy D. Bosch

San Giacomo dall'Orio - Apse (c)2009 Randy D. Bosch

9.  San Stae (Santa Croce)(1709 Baroque, Domenico Rossi, Arch.; Tiepolo works)

10.  Sant’Alvise (Cannaregio) (1338, refurbished 17th C.; Tiepolo works; Grand Canal)

Sant'Alvise  (c)2009 Randy D. Bosch

Sant'Alvise (c)2009 Randy D. Bosch

11.  Madonna dell’Orto (Cannaregio)(14th C., remodel 15th C., Brick Gothic; Tiepolo)

Madonna dell'Orto  (c)2009 Randy D. Bosch

Madonna dell'Orto (c)2009 Randy D. Bosch

12.  San Pietro di Castello (Castello, Isola S.Piero[Olivolo])(775, rebuilt 9th & 17th C.)

San Pietro di Castello  (c)2009 Randy D. Bosch

San Pietro di Castello (c)2009 Randy D. Bosch

13.  Santissimo Redentore (Giudecca)(1580, Andrea Palladio, Architect)

Redentore from the Zattere  (c)2006 Randy D. Bosch

Redentore from the Zattere (c)2006 Randy D. Bosch

14.  Santa Maria del Rosario/”Gesuati” (Dorsoduro)(1735 Dominican w/Convent)

Santa Maria del Rosario  (c)2007 Randy D. Bosch

Santa Maria del Rosario (c)2007 Randy D. Bosch

15.  San Sebastiano (Dorsoduro)(15th C., altered 1506; Gerolimine; Veronese works)

16.  San Giobbe (Cannaregio)(rebuilt 15th C., Renaissance, Architect: Lombardo)

San Giobbe from Canal de Canaregio (c)2009 Randy D. Bosch

San Giobbe from Canal de Canaregio (c)2009 Randy D. Bosch

There is no claim that membership means that one is at the “top of the list” in Venice for architecture, art, church history, who is buried there, which guild sponsored it, etc.  There are many, many (did I say “many”?) additional churches in Venice that have not joined this Association for one good reason or another.  Each one is spectacular on its own, with great design, works of art, related personages, parishes, and role in Venetian history.

We have been blessed to be able to visit twelve of the Chorus Churches to date (#3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, but who is counting?), and have actually walked right past all of the others on multiple occassions – no slight to them – on our way to other destinations in Venice.  Visiting is not a matter of “collecting” or “scoring coup”, simply a way to see neighborhoods, great architecture and great art accompanied by good commentary on history, design and content.  As for the others?  Perhaps we will see you there,

Next Year in Venice!

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  2. ytaba36 says:

    Next year in Venice would be wonderful! (Lots of fingers crossed.)

    One of the things on the ever growing list is”Get another Chorus Pass.”

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