The San Giovanni in Bragora Church is located in the sestiere Castello in Venice. The first version of this church dates back to the 9th century, although it is possible that there used to be an earlier chapel dedicated to John the Baptist earlier.
San Giovanni in Bragora Church Venice
Address, opening times and admission
Address : Campo della Bragora 3790 – Venice (tel. +39 041 5205906). Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, from 09:00 to 12:00 and from 15:30 to 17:30. Entrance fee: Free of charge.
History and description
The San Giovanni in Bragora Church was built in the 9th century, although its current appearance is the result of renovations in the late 15th century. The architect of this reconstruction, which lasted from 1475 to 1505 and mainly concerned the façade, was Sebastiano Mariani.
The first document mentioning the church dates back to 1090.
There are several theories about the name of the church. “Bragora” is said to refer to a region in the east from which some of the relics in the church originate. Another hypothesis claims that the church was named for the condition of the terrain during construction, since brago is a Venetian word for “mud.”
Inside the church are paintings by Jacopo Palma il Giovane, Giambattista Cima da Conegliano and Bartolomeo Vivarini, among others.