Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

The Library in Venice

The Library in Venice

The search for his father brings Indy to a beautiful library in the hearts of Venice. The Library in Venice scenes, from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, were filmed in a former Venician church which is now a museum. To find the exact filming location read on or click on the map pointer in the image section above.

“Ah Venice”

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Where did they film the “The Library in Venice” scenes? 

The Campo San Barnaba is a city square in Dorsoduro which is one of 6 sestiere (area) of Venice, Italy. The square and the church of St. Barnaba (Chiesa di San Barnaba) were featured in the Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade movie as the square and as the exterior of the library in Venice. Chiesa di San Barnaba is a church build already in the ninth century. It had to be rebuilt in the 14th century because of a fire and reconstructed in 1776 to its present appearance. Today there is an exhibition of the machines in the church, invented by Leonardo da Vinci.


The most famous scene from Campo San Barnaba is when Indy and Elsa emerge from a manhole at the square, shocking the fine clientele sitting at the tables around. We found no evidence on how the manhole came there since it is not there anymore. However, some hints point out that the manhole might have been installed for the film only.


Hint: Click the map pointer icon in the image area at the top for the exact map location.

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The scenes filmed at The Campo San Barnaba:

Indiana, Elsa, and Marcus are going to the library

Elsa Schneider (Alison Doody) brings Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) and Marcus Brody (Denholm Elliott) to a library in Venice. They will search for clues there about the disappearance of Indy’s father Henry Jones (Sean Connery).


Indiana and Elsa emerge from a manhole

In the middle of the square, there are people sitting at tables of a bar when in the middle of the tables a manhole cover suddenly moves. Indiana climbs out of the shaft and shocks the people sitting at the tables. Then he says “ah Venice” like he is enjoying the sightseeing and helps Elsa climbing out of the shaft. Meanwhile, there are men coming out of the Library wearing red fez hats. When the men detect Indiana and Elsa they start to chase them. The chase then continues at the docks.

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