Chiesa delle Zitelle (Santa Maria della Presentazione), Venice

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Le Zitelle is a church in Venice, Italy. It is part of a former complex which gave shelter to young maidens who had no dowry, and is located in the easternmost part of the Giudecca island.
Generally attributed to Andrea Palladio, the original design dates to 1579-1580 and the construction to 1586. Its housing edifice surrounds the church in a horseshoe shape, with a court behind the apse. The façade has two orders, surmounted by a tympanum and flanked by two small bell towers. The church has a large dome with a lantern.
The interior is on the central plan. It houses works by Aliense, Leandro Bassano and Palma il Giovane.
The attribution to Andrea Palladio is not without controversy. The Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura Andrea Palladio points to a lack of contemporary documents and drawings confirming Palladio's involvement with the project and the fact that construction only started in 1581, one year after Palladio's death. They consider: "... a project by Palladio both possible and datable to the mid-1570s, but neither the façade nor the interior of the church display characteristics which are unequivocally related to Palladio’s language, unless in an extremely clumsy and unfaithful version."
The church is now only open on Sundays, and the Bauer Hotel has acquired the former convent and converted it into a 50-room luxury hotel - The Palladio.
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  • Dissecting the water surface of the Venetian lagoon on the brisk waporetto, I noticed another massive sakra, "floating" on the right side: the Church of Sitelle (Chiesa delle zitelle). I met in nata another name of this sacral - the Church of Santa Maria della Presentazione. Externally - a very modest "look" but, at the same time, a majestic-powerful structure. The author of the temple project is a highly controversial figure (due to the lack of any documentary evidence). But according to The Special...
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  • The church, built on the design of the Palladio, is unfortunately accessible as public only in rare and fixed occasions or by appointment. Presents valuable paintings of Palma the young man and his school and a valuable sculpture of the Madonna del Rosario by G.M Morlaiter
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  • Building designed by the famous architect of Venice of the 16th century Andrea Palladio's (Andrea Palladio) anyone who has built and many other important buildings and churches of Venice. It was a monastery and a girls ' vocational school for poor girls who had no dowry and had to learn an art that either allow them to marry later or simply to protect themselves from poverty and prostitution. Now it houses the five star hotel Bauer Palladio hotel and spa which has very nice views towards the coast and which includes the Doges ' Palace etc. The temple is closed and non-open-at least the days I visited I hotel-but I think it's worth staying there even just visiting for the feeling that you have to stay in a 500 year old building which has housed the difficult life young nuns of a bygone era.
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  • Visited on the FAI open day, organization too poor to appreciate
  • Just wonderful..
  • Magnificent religious building, with beautiful statues and immense light-dark paintings. The Bell Tower can be visited, via a paid elevator. The nave, all in dark wood, deserves a detour
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  • Construction begins1581 The Church of St. Mary of the Presentation, commonly referred to as the Zitelle, is a religious building in the city of Venice located at the eastern end of the island of Giudecca. The church is dedicated to the presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary and is part of a complex comprising a former hospice for young girls without dowry (hence the name by which it is known). The hospice develops in horseshoe around the church leaving the space for a court behind the apse of the church. The facade of the church is two-order with two windows in the first and a large spa in the second order, higher than the two wings of the hospice, and is closed by an eardrum. Two small bell towers are arranged symmetrically above the eardrum and a large dome with an imposing lantern closes the building. Inside the plant is central with the room dominated by the vault of the dome. At the main altar Presentation of the Virgin at the temple of Francis Bassano. Above the altarpiece is a copy of Jacopo Sansovino's bezel depicting "Madonna with the Child and two angels" also called Madonna of the Kiss. The original is located in the Franchetti Gallery at the Ca' d'Oro in Venice. At the right altar a work of Palma the Younger, "Oration in the garden" with the portrait of the donors: the brothers Elizabeth and Pasquale Foppa. At the left altar a work by Antonio Vassillachi called the Aliense, "Madonna with Child and St. Francis" with the portrait of the prosecutor Federico Contarini. Four coretti with direct access to the hospice highlight the church's close bond with the structure. From Wikipedia
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  • Small Church on the Guide that, accepting exhibitions during the Biennale of Contemporary Art.... Nice façade, next to you will rest with a drink at the nice little bar
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