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San Barnaba and its Campo

Once the vortex of ruined nobles

San Barnaba

From the vaporetto stop Ca’ Rezzonico, Calle di Traghetto leads back to this picturesque campo, charmingly bordered by its own eponymous canal. The area is best known in the city’s annals for its resident Barnabotti, patricians who had lost their fortunes. To the left of the church was the 18th-century gaming house they ran, the Casin dei Nobili.

The quarter’s rather unprepossessing 18th-century Neoclassical church dedicated to the Apostle St Barnabus has a 14th-century campanile, paintings by Palma Giovane and a trompe l’œil ceiling painting by Constantino Cedini. It was the Venetian church used as a library in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989). Deconsecrated, it's now used for special exhibitions.

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Rococo and Neoclassical



Film Sets

Streets, Squares and Gardens

Text © Dana Facaros & Michael Pauls

Images by Paul VanDerWerf from Brunswick, Maine, USA, Tony Hisgett, Venice 17, Creative Commons License