San Francesco del Deserto, Venice

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San Francesco del Deserto is an island in the Venetian Lagoon in Véneto, Italy, with a surface of some 4 ha. It is located between Sant'Erasmo and Burano. It houses a minorites convent.HistoryThe island was frequented since Roman times. In 1220, St. Francis landed here at his return from the Holy Land during the Fifth Crusade, and founded a hermitage here. After his death, the island was given to the Minorites by the Venetian patrician Jacopo Michiel, a relative of the patriarch of Grado, Angelo Barozzi, to found a convent.During the Austrian rule of Venice the island, abandoned due to its unhealthy characteristics, was used as a powder depot. In 1858 it was donated to the diocese of Venice, who allowed the friars to refound a convent here.
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  • June 30, 2017
    I didn't expect to find such a nice place. We arrived in san Francisco from Burano thanks to Massimiliano taxi + 393479922959 (10 euros per person round trip). Scheduled part so you better call and reserve. The tour lasts one hour and is only in Italian! For other languages there are brochures available. Eventually small shop to offer free, great for original gifts.
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  • June 24, 2017
    Small island where there is a convent of the Friars Minor (today are a half-dozen) where St. Francis stood back from the Holy land. You can reach by boat and you can see the cloister and Church led by a monk. Oasis of peace.
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  • May 17, 2017
    Venice has 120 churches - and this one is special for 2 reasons. 1. It is beautiful inside with access to the perimeter of the cloisters. 2. It is off the beaten track near (and around to the side) of...  more »

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