Santa Maria Maddalena, Cannaregio

You could be forgiven for walking right past this church, and not noticing it. It is in the Campo Maddalena, which is located off the Strada Nova, just near the bridge which crosses the Rio della Maddalena. It’s rarely open, you might be lucky to find an art display there during Biennale, or  Nativity scenes (presepe) around Christmas. The bell shown below looks a bit rusty, but the ropes seem in good condition.  

The bell of La Maddalena

If you do happen to take a little detour to check out this building, take note of the motif above the door, as seen in this image from Wikipedia. It is reminiscent of  a Masonic symbol.

Image courtesy of Wikipedia



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12 responses to “Santa Maria Maddalena, Cannaregio

  1. Sono D. Chicago

    I guess I knew this was called Santa Maria Maddalena, because of the nearby street signs.
    I just think of it as the round-y church.
    How high did you have to climb for the close-ups of the bell?


    • Finally, I get to hear from a real expert! The Prodigal FS, aka Round-y Church Expert. Very specialised field.

      The real question, by the way, is “How far did I fall down, after I took the photo?” The casts come off tomorrow.


  2. You have pointed out something I hadn’t ever noticed, Bert! I mean the tympanum, not the language differences, even in English speakers.

    When I look at San Marco, I get overwhelmed by the details. How can a person possibly absorb, let alone appreciate, that splendour? And then, you go inside …


  3. Bert

    “We lucked out” seems an odd expression to this UK reader. When something happens in a good way, when it could have gone badly, we say that our luck was in.
    You can see one of those interesting things on the right of the image from Wikipedia – the typanum over the door of 2143, Palazzo Magno. [It’s not the only Palazzo Magno in Venice.]


  4. So many incredible nooks n’ crannies……Venezia is a dream!!

    Thanx dear Yvonne!!


  5. Thanks for noticing Santa Maria Maddalena. The quiet, raised campo is a restful delight even though visible from Strada Nova. One of our favorite baccari is just across the street next to the Rio! The symbol above the door is not a Masonic design although there are some similarilities. It represents the Holy Trinity and the Eye of God. Oh, and thanks to the Baffo family for “planting a church here” long ago!


    • Hi, Randallo, and thank you for the information about the symbolism. (Now, I only have to remember that!) The area behind and around the church is crammed with interesting things to see, also.


  6. Michelle

    Kathleen, and Yvonne,
    That is indeed where we picked up our gondola…with Sandro who according to some of the trip reports is a favorite. We lucked out.


  7. Kathleen

    I remember us looking at this church, Yvonne, and discussed the Masonic symbol. Very intellectual chat for our travels!! And didn’t we pick up our gondola here too?


    • Hi, Kathleen. How was your recent visit to Venice? Yes, we did have a D&M (Deep and Meaningful) discussion there, and embarked on our gondola ride from there. That was quite lovely!


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