San Barnaba, Venice

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  • Chiesa di San Barnaba
  • Church of Saint Barnabas
Chiesa di San Barnaba - Venezia.jpg
Façade and bell-tower of San Barnaba
Map of Venice with location of church
Map of Venice with location of church
Location within Venice
Basic information
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
Municipality Venice
Country Italy
Architectural description
Architect(s) Lorenzo Boschetti
Architectural type Church
Architectural style Neoclassical
Groundbreaking 18th century

The Chiesa di San Barnaba is a small Neoclassical-style church in the sestiere (district) of Dorsoduro in Venice. 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 its 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 now deconsecrated and used for exhibitions.

A scene in the 1989 film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade was shot in the Campo San Barnaba in front of the church, with the church's façade as an imaginary library.[4]


  1. ^ Grimani, Marcantonio (1840). Cenni intorno alla chiesa di S. Barnaba [Overview of the church of St Barnabas] (in Italian). Venezia: G. B. Merlo. 
  2. ^ Vianello, Renzo; Nadali, Gianpaolo (2013). Calli, Campielli e Canale: Guida di Venezia e delle sue isole (in Italian). Venice: Helvetica Editrice. p. 117. ISBN 978-88-95215-35-8. 
  3. ^ Turismo Venezia, church entry.
  4. ^ "Indiana Jones and the church of San Barnaba in Venice".