Our Magnificent Venue

The Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista is a confraternity building located in the San Polo district.

Founded in the 13th century by a group of flagellants, it was later to become one of the five Scuole Grandi of Venice. These organizations devoted themselves to religious practices to honor their patron saint. They were patrons of the arts and provided a variety of charitable functions. The Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista is notable for housing a relic of the true cross and for a series of paintings it commissioned from a number of famous Venetian artists.