San Zan Degola

The church of San Zan Degolà, which in Venetian dialect abbreviates for San Giovanni Decollato, in English St John (the Baptist) beheaded, is a Byzantine-Romanesque-style church and belltower in the sestiere of Santa Croce in Venice, Italy.

San Zan Degola
Chiesa di San Zan Degolà Venezia.jpg
AffiliationRoman Catholic
LocationVenice, Italy
San Zan Degola is located in Venice
San Zan Degola
Shown within Venice
San Zan Degola is located in Italy
San Zan Degola
San Zan Degola (Italy)
Geographic coordinates45°26′30″N 12°19′40″E / 45.44167°N 12.32778°E / 45.44167; 12.32778Coordinates: 45°26′30″N 12°19′40″E / 45.44167°N 12.32778°E / 45.44167; 12.32778


A church was built on the site in the 11th century by the Veniera family in gratitude and celebration for a Venetian victory, in which this family had participated, over the Genoese in Negroponte. In 1213, the church was restored by the Pesaro family. A later reconstruction occurred in 1713.[1]

The church contains some of its original early medieval frescoes. Reconstructions were pursued over the centuries, and funded by noble families of Venice. The church is now also used for Russian Orthodox services in Venice.