|Greg along the canal by Campo San Giovanni e Paolo|
Greg's church really isn't a church at all...never was. It was originally built in 1260 as the seat of the Confraternity of San Marco. Confraternities were religious brotherhoods, each with its own patron saint, that became legal entities.They worshiped together, held their own commemorative Masses, assisted their members with legal matters, cared for sick members and buried them. This Confraternity was a Scuole Grandi, meaning it became of the largest organizations. It had high political connections and was under the control of the Council of Ten, the Doge's henchmen. In the 1800s the building became an Austrian hospital. It remains a civil hospital today.
There is a church on the square which adjoins the white building on its right. It's the Basilica of St. John and St. Paul. Twenty-five Doges are buried there.
Here's a photo of Greg's painting. I like the canal less cluttered with boats, don't you?