San Salvador, Venice
|Church of San Salvador|
Face of San Salvador
The Chiesa di San Salvatore (of the Holy Savior) is a church in Venice, northern Italy. Known in Venetian as San Salvador, is located on the Campo San Salvador, along the Merceria, the main shopping street of Venice. The church was first consecrated in 1177 by Pope Alexander III shortly after his reconciliation with Emperor Frederick Barbarossa at nearby San Marco. The present church, however, was begun in around 1508 by Giorgio Spavento and continued after his death the following year by Tullio Lombardo, Vincenzo Scamozzi and possibly Jacopo Sansovino. They built a large hall church, formed from three Greek crosses placed end to end. Each has a dome with a lantern to let light into the cavernous interior. The facade was added in 1663 by Giuseppe Sardi.
San Salvador is a small, but still active religious, cultural and social centre.
Below the left column on the facade, there is a cannonball embedded in the base of the column. It derived from a bombardment in 1849 by Austrian forces in the fort of Marghera, of the independent republic which had been proclaimed by Daniele Manin.
Works of art
- Jacopo Sansovino (tomb of Francesco Venier on the south wall)
- Titian (Annunciation on the south wall and Transfiguration, the altarpiece of the high altar)
- Francesco Vecellio (paintings on organ doors; frescoes in tomb in floor in front of high altar)
- Alessandro Vittoria (altar on north wall, with statues of St. Roch and St. Sebastian)
- Silver reredos behind the high altar dating from the 14th century.
- Giovanni Bellini's Crucifixion, now in the Museo Correr
- Caterina Cornaro (d.1510) (Queen of Cyprus)
- Andrea Dolfin
- Doge Gerolamo Priuli
- Doge Lorenzo Priuli
- Doge Francesco Venier (d.1556)