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Church of San Giorgio, Portofino

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San Giorgio Maggiore is a 16th-century Benedictine church on the island of the same name in Venice, northern Italy, designed by Andrea Palladio, and built between 1566 and 1610. The church is a basilica in the classical renaissance style and its brilliant white marble gleams above the blue water of the lagoon opposite the Piazzetta and forms the focal point of the view from every part of the Riva degli Schiavoni.HistoryThe first church on the island was built about 790, and in 982, the island was given to the Benedictine order by the Doge Tribuno Memmo. 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 campo or square. There were cloisters in front of it, which were demolished in 1516. The monks were considering the rebuilding of the church from 1521.Palladio arrived in Venice in 1560, when the refectory of the monastery was being rebuilt. He made great improvements to this and in 1565, was asked to prepare a model for a new church. The model was completed and approved in 1566 and the foundation stone was laid in the presence of the Pope in the same year. The work was not finished before the death of Palladio in 1580, but the body of the church was complete by 1575, except for the choir behind the altar and the facade. The decoration of the interior was completed subsequently.
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  • A most beautiful church at Portofino village. You need to climb many steps to get there but we were glad we did it. 
  • A typical church but with excellent views on the outside. If you are lucky to get a ceremonial, a wedding for instance, it will be very interesting then. More probable on Saturdays and Sundays of cour...  read more »
  • The Church looks out towards the Centre of Portofino, enjoys your amazing both outward of the peninsula, both towards the Center. The Church is very simple, all white inside, carina!
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  • Gorgeous views from ALL directions atop the bell tower. Take note that the bell rings every half hour though, or you'll get a huge shock when that happens (it's really loud!!). Absolutely worth the €4 entry fee (€6 for adults/non-student)
  • Sadly was not allowed arround the grounds but did go up the tower for some amaing views. Well worth a visit. Big church to to have a wonder arround.
  • quintessentially venice. one of my favourite views of this iconic city from any angle.
  • Wonderful church that seems to float on the water, designed by Andrea Palladio
  • Lovely building, and if you have time you should check out the grounds. But the real draw is panoramic view of Venice from the top of the bell tower. A must-see.
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