S. Zaccaria
Community ID
 
2855
 
Town
 
Venice
 
Modern Location
 
Campo di S. Zaccaria
 
Date Founded
 
829 C.E.
 
Religious Order
 
Benedictine
 
Foundation Information
 

Founded by Doge Giustiniano Partecipazio, whose daughter or sister was said to be the first abbess.

The Byzantine Emperor Leo V the Armenian (died 820) contributed the founding relics, the body of San Zaccaria (father of S. John the Baptist), wood of the True Cross, and clothing of both Christ and the Virgin, in exchange for perpetual prayers. He also sent workmen and materials from Constantinople.

 
Notable Members/Residents/Guests
 

Legend has it that S. Zaccaria was one of the first two churches built in Venice and that it served as the doge's chapel before the construction of San Marco.

 
Visitations
 

The doge visited the convent once a year for vespers on Easter Sunday. Accompanied by a large procession, the doge would also visit the sepulchre in the crypt beneath the raised choir of the church and viewed the tombs of 8 of their early predecessors.

 
Secular Political Affiliations
 

A majority of the nuns in this convent were Venetian ladies of noble birth whose families could not afford a dowry for them.