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Chiesa di San Giorgio dei Greci, Venice

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San Giorgio dei Greci is a church in the sestiere of Castello, Venice, northern Italy. It was the center of the Scuola dei Greci, the Confraternity of the Greeks in Venice.For centuries, despite the close ties of Venice to the Byzantine world, the Greek Orthodox rite was not permitted in Venice. In 1498, the Greek community gained the right to found the Scuola de San Nicolò dei Greci, a confraternity which aided members of that community. In 1539, after protracted negotiations, the papacy allowed the construction of the church of San Giorgio, financed by a tax on all ships from the Orthodox world.Construction was started by Sante Lombardo, and from 1548, by Giannantonio Chiona. The belltower was built in 1592. The interior has a monument to Gabriele Seviros by Baldassarre Longhena. The dome of the church was frescoed with the Last Judgement by Giovanni Kyprios. The iconostasis employed Kyprios, Tommaso Bathas, Benedetto Emporios, and Michael Damaskinos. Emanuele Tzane-Buniales, a priest and hagiographer from Crete, frescoed the Saints Simeon and Alypios, ascetic hermits, atop the pilasters.
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  • With the bridge over the Canal Rio del Greci Bell Tower is clearly visible and the Greek Church of San Giorgio dei Greci. The Church is famous for its frescoes, Damascene work of Michael Emanuel and John Greek Canesa. The most famous work is the icon of Christ the Almighty.
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  • Located on the island of San Giorgio in front of piazza San Marco, is reached by boat and an inexpensive ticket, going up in the elevator (very fast), allows you to enjoy a breathtaking view of the whole Venice lagoon to 360 degrees. on sunny days the view is wonderful.
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  • It is easy to miss the entrance to this church as you make your way around Venice. Thanks to the now out-of-print guidebook Venice Walks, we knew to look out for the little black gates leading to the ...  more »
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  • What a gem.. Truly a wonder.. A must without doubt in Venice
  • This Orthodox Church is richly decorated with golden mosaics on the inside. It's crooked yet elegant bell tower makes this church easily recognizable
  • Incredible works of art in the interior.
  • Another beautiful church we were lucky to see while in Venice
  • About this church, we accidentally learned from gandol′era while rolling around on a gondola. I wanted very much to visit Orthodox Church in Venice. Look for the entry was not easy, but on the territory and inside felt appeasement. Managed to even attend the service. Fantastic feeling-service in the Greek Orthodox Church, the sensation of particles at home in a foreign land and touching State origin
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