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Address: Salizada San Rocco San Polo 3052, 30125 Venice, Italy
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+39 041 52 34 864
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09:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Scuola Grande di San Rocco is a lay confraternity founded in 1478. The...

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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Breathtaking paintings !

This place is a must if you like viewing works of art - it is awash with Tintorreto's and Titian's. A lovely place to spend an hour or so as it's not too crowded.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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This place is a must if you like viewing works of art - it is awash with Tintorreto's and Titian's. A lovely place to spend an hour or so as it's not too crowded.

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Torremolinos, Spain
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We took the Vaparetto to the San Tome stop and walked to Santa Maria Gloriosa, this is right nearby. Great art by Tintoretto on the walls and ceilings. Senior admission discount is available.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I thought the entrance fee was a bit pricey but the art work is lovely. Worth visiting although you can see similar quality of art for free in the many churches.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I learned quite a bit about the purpose of the scuola during my visit and it was good education to have and the art here is also very important. The second floors painted and gilded ceiling is compared somewhat to the Sistine Chapel but it is unique in its own way. I like that they provided mirrors to walk around... More 

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Walking around the most beautiful city on earth you'll get into this amazing church. Take a little time to admire it

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This ornate building houses a glorious collection of artworks. So many paintings, and carvings, across just three rooms that you simply don't know where to look. Take a seat around the edge of the room, or pick up one of the mirrors available for admiring the spectacular ceiling. And far less busy than other tourist attractions in Venice- a sense... More 

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I have read that this was the sistine chapel of Tintoretto. And so it is. The upper hall was a wonder. I didnt know Tintoretto before. It was a great pleasure to examine everything. Worth to visit.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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. Over 60 paintings are preserved in their original setting... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was the first stop on our visit to Venice and it did not disappoint. The massive paintings are breathtaking, the handout they give you when you enter provides the names of the major works and makes it easy to ensure you see everything. We went at 3pm on a Saturday and it was empty.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

30 years of work by one artist to decorate a huge and beautiful building. It just takes the breath away and you can't help but feel that Tintoretto was quite some artist!

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