San Barnaba, Venice

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Church of San Barnaba
Chiesa di San Barnaba - Venezia.jpg
Façade and bell-tower of San Barnaba
Basic information
Location Venice, Italy
Geographic coordinates 45°25′59″N 12°19′31″E / 45.4331°N 12.3254°E / 45.4331; 12.3254Coordinates: 45°25′59″N 12°19′31″E / 45.4331°N 12.3254°E / 45.4331; 12.3254
Affiliation Roman Catholic
Country Italy
Architectural description
Architect(s) Lorenzo Boschetti
Architectural type Church
Architectural style Neoclassicism
Groundbreaking 18th century

The church of San Barnaba is a small Neoclassic-style church in district of Dorsoduro in Venice, It is located in Campo San Barnaba. It is dedicated to the Apostle Saint Barnabas.


A church at the site was built in the ninth century, but destroyed by fire in 1105. Rebuilt in 1350, it was reconstructed in present form in 1776 under the patronage of Marcantonio Grimani using designs of Lorenzo Boschetti.[1] The 11th-century campanile, detached from the main body of the church, has a pine-cone shaped spire from the 1300s.[2] To the left of the church was the entrance to the Casin dei Nobili (Casino of the Aristocracy), which was an active gaming house in the 18th century. [3] The church is presently deconsecrated and used for exhibits.

The church was used as a library in the 1989 film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, acting as the entrance to the tomb of a Grail Knight.


  1. ^ Cenni intorno alla chiesa di S. Barnaba. - Venezia, G. B. Merlo 1840
  2. ^ Nadali 1 Vianello 2, G. Paolo 1 Renzo 2 (2013). Calli, Campielli e Canale,. Venice, Italy: Helvetica Editrice. p. 117. ISBN 978-88-95215-35-8. 
  3. ^ Turismo Venezia, church entry.