In 1606, the Jesuits were expelled from Venice. They returned in 1700 to rebuild, and chose a site in the north of Venice. After tearing down an old church, they built Santa Maria Assunta (1715-1729). The designer was Domenico Rossi. Today, the church is known as the Gesuiti, and this sumptuous edifice with its Baroque exterior and ornate interior reflects the favored design of this religious order.
If you happen to find yourself staying in a hotel in Venice near the church of the Gesuiti, take full advantage. Spend some time inside and outside. The green and white marble floors are outdone only by the elaborate decor. Inside you have swags, drapery, tassels, brocades and damasks hangings. All are made of carved and polished green and white marble. The interior soars upward. It is the setting for 2 great works of art. Above the first altar to the left is The Martyrdom of St. Lawrence (1555) by Titian. In the northern transept to the left is Tintoretto’s Assumption of the Virgin. To afford seeing this and other wonders, check EasyToBook.com for an affordable discount hotel near the Church of the Jesuiti in Venice.
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