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  • The Church of San Pietro di Castello stands on the ancient island of Olivolo, now known as Castello, in what was the first human settlement and the first religious, political and commercial centre of the nascent city.
    It played a very important role in Venetian history: from 775 to 1451 it was a Diocesan Church under the Patriarchate of Grado; it then became a Cathedral in its own right and the seat of the Patriarch of Venice until 1807, when the Patriarchate was moved to Saint Mark’s Square.

    The original church, built in the VIIth century, was dedicated to the Byzantine saints Sergius and Baccus, whereas the new church, dedicated to St. Peter the Apostle, is one of a group of “mother” churches built by the Bishop Magnus in the IXth century. It was reconstructed between the end of the XVIth century and the early decades of the XVIIth century to acquire its current configuration. The facade was renovated by Andrea Smeraldi, based on an original design by Andrea Palladio (1556).

    In the right aisle stands the so-called Throne of St. Peter, traditionally considered the cathedra used by the Saint in Antioch and conversely a work that originated in Antioch, but probably assembled in the XIIIth century using an ancient Arab-Muslin funeral stele

  • Free admission to three churches on the Chorus Circuit | Only for Venezia FC Insider Pass International

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