The history of Palazzo Cendon began in 1437 with the construction of the residence by the rich family of Venetian merchants: the Cendons.Under the balcony on the façade of the palace we can still see the so called “arma gentilizia” (the family weapon), which in the middle of the shield carries a pole with three stars on a blue field and a red background.
On the upper and lower edge of the shield the following inscription is carved:
“Centonia Fam. Nob. Olim Rom. Parm. Q. Ex Qua Pata Et Vene. Civil. MCCCCXXXVII”
From these words we can understand that the Centon or Cendon family flourished in Rome and Parma, and then moved to Padua and Venice.
The Cendons, according to the chronicles, had a great reputation among the merchants of Piazza San Marco, had ties with many other noble families, bought many riches and built various buildings in Cannaregio.
Around 1530 great restauration work was undertaken on the outer part of the Cannaregio palace, as the work and family needs of the Cendons changed. At the end of the same century the Cendons, to celebrate and give a worthy burial to the members of their family, had a chapel erected in the nearby church of San Giobbe, still partially visible today. In the church you can also admire the new family crest depicting a lion on a staircase, a later modification of the original fifteenth century one present in the building.
After many years and thanks to a skilful renovation, Palazzo Cendon returns to its former glory and opens its doors to you.