Throughout its history, Venice has always been roman-catholic. Even today there are more than 50 churches in the city, and most of them are historic and worth a visit.
St. Mark’s Basilica that according to catholic belief contains the remains of St. Mark, the Evangelist, is the most renowned church of Venice. Built in byzantine style, it used to be the church of the Venetian Republic and the palace church of the doge. With its domes over each end and the middle of its cross-shaped ground plan, it is considered the main influence on later Italian dome constructions of the renaissance. Close by are the Chiesa di Santa Maria del Giglio and the Chiesa di Santo Stefano which was built in the 15th century.
One of the oldest churches in Venice is the Chiesa di San Polo. It was founded in the ninth century and contains 14 paintings of Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, one of the most famous baroque painters in Venice. The Chiesa di San Pietro di Castello was first mentioned in the 7th century and was the church of the patriarchate of Venice until 1807. The current building was erected n the 16th century.