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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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  • We visited this church during the church service on Sunday morning, having found it closed at other times. I highly recommend this experience.
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  • I confess that I am excessively fond of towers. Any building that includes one or has one in the vicinity gets high marks in my book. We did not get to go inside, but I am sure that would be almost as...  more »
  • This church is worth a visit. I particularly like the courtyard. There is also a museum with icons which is also worth a visit.  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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