The Church of San Zaccaria
The Benedictine convent was established in 829 and its abbess was always the sister, or a close relative, of the doge. Once a year, on September 13th, the anniversary of its consecration, the doge, accompanied by the entire Signoria, would visit the church. Agostina Morosini, an early abbess of the convent, is said to have given Doge Pietro Tradonico (836/7-864), the first corno ducale, the famous headpiece which was worn by every subsequent holder of the office.
The church comprises a nave, two aisles and a polygonal apse with an ambulatory, the only one of its kind in Venice. The columns in the nave sit on high octagonal pillars, which in turn rest on beautifully carved marble bases.
|Interior of San Zaccaria|
|San Zaccaria Altarpiece, Giovanni Bellini, 1505|
|Statue of San Zaccaria|