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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  • June 29, 2017
    Is the Orthodox Cathedral in Venice. Located near san Zaccaria and you notice for the bell tower that is pending. Founded for the influx of Greeks after the fall of Constantinople data links between Venice and the Eastern Empire. The style is a mix between late-Renaissance local and typical Orthodox. Inside there is also an ancient icon brought from Constantinople.
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  • June 28, 2017
    Stop "San Giorgio" the vaporetto. Beautiful place to view the sunset. Yields beautiful photos. There was also a free exposure, but by the time had already closed
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  • June 16, 2017
    My husband and I are Orthodox Christians and while we were exploring Venice on our honeymoon, we came across this beautiful church. We walked into the courtyard and discovered it was an Orthodox Churc...  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
  • Heart of the Greek Quarter.

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