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The FONDACO DEI TURCHI is a typical example of a
storage house of the Veneto-Byzantine era. It was
built in the 14th century by Giacomo Palmieri, it
was for a time the residence of the Duke of
Ferrara and then rented to Turkish merchants from
1621 to 1838. The interior decorations were so
beautiful and impressive that the Palace has been
used frequently by the Venetian Senate for
official receptions. Despite of that it was one
of the most important "casa-fondaco" (storage
houses) of Venice. When the house was practically
on the verge of collapsing into irrecoverable
ruins, it was rebuilt mid 19th century.
Unfortunately "rebuilt" is a wrong term, since
the original style of the edifice was completely
denatured. Since 1924 it is the museum of Natural
Sciences (Museo Civico di Storia Naturale). Dusty
collections of fossils and stuffed animals, even
a genuine dinosaur skeleton.
ST. MARKS BASILICA This awesome Basilica, built
on a Greek cross plan and crowned with five huge
domes, is the third church to stand on thise
site. The first, built to enshrine the body of
St. Mark in the 9th century, was destroyed by
fire. The second was pulled down in the 11th
century in order to make way for a more
spectacular edifice designed by an unknown
architect (1063-1094) reflecting the escalating
power of the republic. INSIDE Dark, mysterious
and enriched with the spoils of conquest, the
Basilica is a unique blend of Eastern and Western
influences. This oriental extravaganza,
embellished over a period of six centuries with
fabulous mosaics, marble and carvings, made a
fitting location for the ceremonies of the Serene
Republic. MOSAICS Clothing the domes, walls and
floor of the basilica are over 4,000 sq m of
gleaming golden mosaics. The earliest, dating
from the 12th century, were the work of
mosaicists from the east. Their techniques were
adopted by Venetian craftsmen who gradually took
over the decoration, combining Byzantine
inspiration with western influences.
MUSEO MARCIANO A precarious stairway from the
atrium, marked Loggia dei Cavalli, takes you up
to the church museum. The gallery gives a
splendid view into the basilica, while from the
exterior loggia you can survey the Piazza St.
Marco and take a close look at the replica horses
on the church façade. THE PALA DORO Beyond the
Chapel of St. Clement, tickets are sold to view
the most valuable treasure of San Marco the Pala
dOro. This jewel-spangled altarpiece situated
behind the high altar consists of 250 enamel
paintings on gold foil, enclosed within a gilded
silver Gothic frame.
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Andrea Gritti was the Doge of Venice from 1523 to
A. Gritti painted by Tiziano
Torcello is a small community in the lagoon of
Venice. It holds now only 24 inhabitants, but
around the Vth century it was very important
place it reached a population of 20,000 people.
At the moment interesting to visit the Church of
Santa Maria Assunta and the Church of Santa
Fosca. The Church of Santa Maria Assunta has one
of the walls completely covered with a wonderful
Byzantine mosaic representing "Il Giudizio
Universale". The Church of Santa Fosca has
outwardly an octagonal frame with three apses.
The central one has two rows of arcades and an
harmonious colonnade. On the altar you can admire
a beautiful sculpture from XV century which
represents Santa Fosca
The 25th of April is the feast of St Mark, patron
of the city of Venice. In olden times on this
feast there was a famous procession which
religious and civil leaders and craftsmen took
part. These days, the feast is celebrated with a
procession in the Basilica. The Feast of the
Ascension (La Sensa) is the festivity re-enacting
Venices Marriage to the Sea when the Doge
embarks on the Bucintoro, the golden ceremonial
barge of the Serenissima, and throws his ring
into the sea at the mouth of the port near San
Nicolò. Today the role of the Doge is played by
the citys Mayor. The Regatta of the Historic
Marine Republics is a competition that takes
place every year in one of the old republics,
Amalfi, Genoa, Pisa or Venice, celebrating their
splendours and the extraordinary adventures of
the days when their fleets dominated the
Carnival The most famous festival in Venice
attracts thousands of visitors every year and is
centred on a different theme each time. The heart
of the Festival is in St Marks Square where
there is a dazzling array of performances and
parades. Two weeks to pass in the midst of masks,
entertainment, fun and the beautiful city of
The Vogalonga long-haul rowing regatta takes
place on the second Sunday of May and is a 32
kilometre-long non-competitive marathon around
the islands of the lagoon and back to the Grand
Canal with the finishing line at the Church of
the Salute. The regatta was founded 31 years ago
by a group of Venetian boating enthusiasts and
since then has become amazingly popular and a
good chance to discover the lagoon
environment. The Feast of the Redentore takes
place in July in the Church of the Redentore and
from there spreads out to the whole of Venice,
culminating in the traditional Regatta and
fireworks in the Basin of St Mark.
San Pietro di Castello is the suburb where there
stands the Cathedral of San Pietro which was the
Cathedral of Venice until 1807. The Festival
takes place in the last week of June and is a
local feast for tasting local products under the
stars and by lamplight. The Historic Regatta is
one of the most spectacular and
picturesque events and is popular with locals and
tourists alike. The pageant tells of the arrival
in Venice of the Venetian Queen of
Cyprus, Caterina Cornaro, signalling the
beginning of the Republics domination over the
island. The festival begins with the pageant of
historic vessels and concludes with the regatta
which is the most important series of boat races
during the year. The Festival of the Salute (Our
Lady of Good Health) is the most popular
religious festival and recalls the time that
Venice was saved from the Plague of 1630 and the
city built a church in thanksgiving.
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Santa Maria della Salute
  • The great baroque church of Santa Maria della
    Salute, standing at the entrance of the Grand
    Canal, is one of the most imposing architectural
    landmarcks of Venice. Henry James likened the
    church to some great lady on the threshold of
    her salonwith her domes and scrolls, her
    scalopped buttres and statues forming a pompous
    crown and her wide spets disposed on the ground
    like the train of a robe. The church was built
    in thanksgiving for the deliverance of the city
    from the plaghe of 1630, hence the name Salute,
    meaning healt and salvation. Every 21st november,
    in celebration, worshippers approach across a
    bridge of boats wich span the mouth of the gran
    canal for the occasion. Baldassare Longhena
    started the church in 1630 and worked on it for
    the rest of his life.
  • It was completed in 1687, 5 years after his
    death. The interior is comparetively sober.
  • It consists of a large octagonal space below the
    cupola and 6 chapels radiating from the
  • The large domed chancel and grandiose high altar
    dominate the view from the main door. The altars
    sculptural group by Giusto Le Corte represenrs
    the Virgin and child giving Venice protection
    from the plague. Unfortunately, some of the best
    works, such as Titians ceiling paintings of Cain
    and Abel, the sacrifice of Abraham and Isaac and
    David and Goliath, are behind the altar, where
    visitors are nor allowed. In the sacresty, to the
    left of the altar, is Titians early altar piece
    of St.Enthroned with saints cosmos, Damian, Roch
    and Sebastian, while on the wall opposite the
    entrance the wedding at Cana (1551), a major work
    by Tintoretto.
  • Jessica Tosi - Gloria Nisato
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