San Giorgio Maggiore
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Church of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice

The Church of San Giorgio Maggiore

 

Almost every visitor to Venice sees it; and most snap a picture of it—yet only a handful of people ever bother taking the quick vaporetto ride over to visit the church of San Giorgio Maggiore. It is a shame, since they’re missing not only one of the architectural beauties of Venice but one that is decorated with works by Tintoretto, Carpaccio and Jacopo Bassano.

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San Giorgio Maggiore is a 16th-century Benedictine church and built between 1566 and 1610. The church is a basilica in the classical renaissance style and its brilliant white marble which shines above the blue water of the lagoon. It sits on its own little island.

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There is a gold hand hanging in the center of the church. It is quite unique and like nothing, I have ever seen before. It is to represent the Hand of God, blessing you.

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The first church on the island was built about 790, and in 982, the island was given to the Benedictine order by the Doge. The Benedictines founded a monastery there, but in 1223  all the buildings on the island were destroyed by an earthquake. The church and monastery were rebuilt after the earthquake. The church, which had a nave with side chapels, was not in the same position as the present church, but farther back at the side of a small square.

 

 

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