di Santa Maria Maddalena - Salizada dei Spechieri, Canaregio
4877 - Venice
The Church of Santa Maria Maddalena in Venice is located within the Sestiere di Canaregio in its closest part to the Jewish Ghetto and the Guglie Bridge. The building overlooks the homonymous field and rises in front of the busy Strada Nova.
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History of the Church of Santa Maria Maddalena of Venice
First a religious building was erected in 1222 by will of the Balbo family. Therefore, since the peace between Genoa and Venice sanctioned in 1356 fell on the day of St. Magdalene which became a holiday for the Serenissima, it was decided to enlarge it.
After several centuries the church was renovated in 1701 by the priest Francesco Riccardi and finally – starting in 1763 – the rebuilt was given to Tommaso Temanza which expressed a clear neoclassical project completed by Gianantonio Selva in 1790.
In 1810 it lost the title of parish church and in 1820 it was closed, only to be reopened later as a sacramental oratory. In 1888, the medieval bell tower was demolished, considered a danger for passers-by.
It is one of the few Venetian churches with a circular plan, or rather hexagonal, on which rests the large hemispheric dome with lantern.
The six chapels, corresponding to the sides of the church, preserve eighteenth-century paintings of not negligible value; most of them by followers of the Piazzetta, such as The Apparition of the Virgin to San Simone Stock by Giuseppe Angeli or The Sacrifice of Isaac, above the entrance door.
There are also a Last Supper and a monochrome allegorical fresco representing the Faith of Giandomenico Tiepolo; the latter was only rediscovered in 2005 following restoration work.
How to get to the Church of Santa Maria Maddalena of Venice
The Church of Santa Maria Maddalena is located in Campo Maddalena along the Strada Nova and is easily reached on foot from the Station area with a 10-minute walk.
By vaporetto the nearest stop is San Marcuola.
Useful information for the visit
Hours: not available
All the churches of the Sestiere of Canaregio in Venice
Tickets: entrance free.