Scuola Grande di San Rocco

Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice

Scuola Grande di San Rocco
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Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Religious Sites • Churches & Cathedrals
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09:30 - 17:00
Monday
09:30 - 17:00
Tuesday
09:30 - 17:00
Wednesday
09:30 - 17:00
Thursday
09:30 - 17:00
Friday
09:30 - 17:00
Saturday
09:30 - 17:00
Sunday
09:30 - 17:00
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The Scuola Grande di San Rocco is a lay confraternity founded in 1478. The popularity of the cult of St. Roch, whose remains had been in the possession of the brotherhood since 1485, contributed to the latter’s rapid expansion to the extent of it becoming the richest Scuola of the city. At that point it was decided to build a new monumental headquarters and engage Tintoretto to decorate it with his most celebrated pictorial cycle, illustrating episodes from the New and Old Testaments. It is the only one of the historic Scuole Grandi to have survived the fall of the republic. It is a unique site, where over 60 paintings are preserved in their original setting in a building that has hardly undergone any alteration since its construction. The confraternity is still active today, carrying out its traditional charitable duties as well as looking after its extraordinary artistic patrimony.
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Neighbourhood: San Polo
The Rialto Bridge is the most famous sight along the Grand Canal in San Polo, smallest of Venice's six sestieri (districts) and by far the busiest neighbourhood. Morning Venetians arrive to peruse the markets for fish, fruit and vegetables, while shops display goods from cheese to wine to desserts. San Silvestro and Rialto Market vaporetto (water taxi) stops add to the steady stream of foot traffic. San Polo is defined by churches including Basilica dei Frari, one of the most important churches sought by art lovers.
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Snorkelbear
Jackson, NH1,675 contributions
Jun 2022
The Scuola is worth the walk It is a beautiful building filled with beautiful art and relics. It shows you the power of the Venician Merchants!

From St. Mark's square you can take the Accademia Bridge or from the Rialto Bridge is is a 5 min walk.
Written 3 July 2022
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VickieW1694
Philadelphia, PA261 contributions
May 2022
There are no words to express the beauty of this place. Overwhelming. So glad I got to go in my last day in Venice (earlier they were filming a movie there).
Written 3 June 2022
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delospoppy
New York City, NY439 contributions
May 2022
The building itself is spectacular and the paintings by Tintoretto just go on and on. They are magnificent. He was born in Venice in 1519 and was a master by the age of 20. The scuola is a great place to stop by if you are in the area. Even if you're not, try to go
Written 26 May 2022
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matt1957476
London, UK33 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
Just magnificent. The Tintoretto’s are spectacular, and well looked after. The Treasure Room was excellent, although we almost missed it due to poor signage
Written 10 May 2022
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Jean S
Ashby de la Zouch, UK558 contributions
Apr 2022
This place is so often overlooked but it is worth searching out. It is astonishing to think that Tintoretto created the paintings here in situ - on our visit we had the added bonus of the treasury being open too. There are quite a lot of stairs but it is worth the effort if you can manage it.
Written 22 April 2022
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Styx Le Gavrian
Aix-en-Provence, France19 contributions
Apr 2022 • Friends
The building is truly amazing, but the line is very long (we waited for 2 hours)
It's very interesting and honestly stunning !
Written 16 April 2022
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christopher n
Richmond, UK49 contributions
Feb 2022
This is not to be missed and there are other things to be seen immediately around there so do make the effort.
Written 23 February 2022
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ksarman
Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar6,622 contributions
Jan 2022
Tintoret masterpiece !
it s not my first visit in Venezia and i used to read and watch lot of things about this unbelievable city, and today i discovered this Treasure of Arts!
dont hesitate , go , besides it s located inside the Dorsoduro area, the genuine one.
Take time to really look in details the paints...stunning
Written 11 January 2022
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ginsengNewYork
new york1,168 contributions
Oct 2021
The very wealthy lay confraternity of San Roch ( a saint wildly famous for
protecting people from the plague), commissioned this gorgeous building in the 15th century.
That School was a social institution, a corporation where thousands of people participated, extremely important in the life of the city as it provided charity. ST Roch, its patron saint, brought immense fame and wealth to the confraternity, who was then able to hire for more than 20 years one of the most famous painters of the time. Tintoretto indeed decorated it with an immense pictorial cycle, illustrating the New and Old Testaments.
Everything is magnificent in this Scuola: paintings, marble floor, lamps along the walls, wooden allegorical sculptures, etc, etc. The most amazing painting is "the Crucifixion" occupying a whole wall on the 1st floor.
By daylight, Tintoretto 's paintings are a bit dark, but at night, during concerts, you can view them in all their splendor!
PS. Concerts are of high quality!
St Roch's Church next door is interesting but, at the present time (October 2021), has many works being restored, hence not available.
Written 11 November 2021
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4RichardV
Birmingham, UK21 contributions
Oct 2021
To me this is the most incredible place I have ever visited -it moved me so much that had to write a review -it is surely one of the greatest pieces of Art work anywhere in the World and Venice’s gem - no crowds ,
Written 20 October 2021
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