There are various churches or chien in Italian according to the districts in the city. In particular there are 139 churches (only 88 of them operate today) some of them being landmarks and tourist attractions.
The other 55 churches have been converted into schools, community buildings or are used for storage. Most of the churches are open to the public free of charge apart from a few that charge a small entrance fee for maintenance.
There are so many churches in Venice due to the fact that wealthy merchants would construct them in order to show their wealth. Many of them are dated to the 9th century but do not longer stand today due to age and disasters over the years. Some were burnt in fires and some were even converted into other buildings during the occupation by Napoleon.
There are also churches on the islands of Venice (San Michele, Murano, Burano, Mazzorbo, Tocello, San Francesco del Deserto, Lido as well as San Lazzaro degli Armeni).
For the complete list of all the churches in Venice you can refer to the Venice Churches List , or to the links below.