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.

Venice churches map

Venice Churches - All Districts

Chiesa di San Polo (Church of San Polo)

Nestled in the heart of Venice, the Church of San Polo stands as a testament to the city's rich history, architectural beauty, and deep-root...

Chiesa di San Zaccaria (Church of San Zaccaria)

San Marco Basilica (Saint Mark's Basilica)

The Basilica Cattedrale Patriarcale di San Marco, widely known as Basilica di San Marco is the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese i...