San Giovanni in Bragora
|San Giovanni in Bragora|
San Giovanni in Bragora in Venice
It was founded in the early 8th century, allegedly by St. Magnus of Oderzo; in the following century, under doge Pietro III Candiano, it was rebuilt to house the alleged relics of St. John the Baptist, to whom it is entitled, and again in 1178. Pietro Barbo, future Pope Paul II, and Antonio Vivaldi were baptised in the church.
The origin of the term Bragora is unclear. It could derive from the Greek agorà (square), referring to the campo facing the church, or from the dialect bragora ("market") or bragolare ("fishing"). It could also be from the word brago, meaning mud, on account of the former swampy state of islands of Venice.
It is the church where Antonio Vivaldi was baptised in 1678. It is thought his family lived close to the church at the time.
Funerary monument of John the Merciful
Cima da Conegliano Baptism of Christ
Cima da Conegliano Sant'Elena e Costantino ai lati della Croce
Alvise Vivarini, Cristo benedicente
Alvise Vivarini, Cristo risorto
Alvise Vivarini, Madonna col Bambino
Bartolomeo Vivarini Madonna col Bambino e Santi
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