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San Lazzaro degli Armeni, Venice

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San Lazzaro degli Armeni is a small island in the Venetian Lagoon. It lies 2km to the southeast of Venice proper and west of the Lido and covers an area of.A leper colony during the Middle Ages, the island has been home to an Armenian Catholic monastery since 1717 when the Republic of Venice ceded it to Mkhitar Sebastatsi (Mechitar) and his followers. It is the headquarters of the Mechitarist Order and, as such, one of the world's prominent centers of Armenian culture and Armenian studies especially during the 18th and 19th centuries. Numerous important publications were made in the island by Mechitarist monks which made it an early major center of Armenian printing.The island is one of the best known historic sites of the Armenian diaspora. The monastery has a large collection of books, journals, artifacts, and the third largest collection of Armenian manuscripts. Over the centuries, dozens of artists, writers, political and religious leaders have visited the island. Nowadays, it attracts tens of thousands of tourists annually.HistoryMiddle AgesIn 810 the Republic of Venice allocated the island to the abbot of the Benedictine Monastery of St. Ilario of Fusina. In 1182 a leper colony (hospital for people with leprosy) was established at the island. It was chosen for a leper colony since the island is relatively far away from the principal islands forming the city of Venice. It received its name from St. Lazarus, the patron saint of lepers. In 1348 the leper colony was renovated and a church dedicated to San Lazzaro was built. The hospital was moved to Venice in 1595 and the island was gradually abandoned. In the 17th century the island was leased to various religious groups. By the early 18th century only a "few crumbling ruins" remained in the isle.
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  • This seemed to be an island monastery museum. A great tour (once a day at 3.30, about 2 hours, suggested donation 6 euros into an unattended box) that included a church and a beautiful medieval librar...  more »
  • Despite being a regular visitor to Venice never stayed on the island of San Lazzaro exciting experience! Preserves the historical memory of the extraordinary Armenian Retains incredible treasures: illuminated manuscripts, old printed books and, among the many interesting objects, a mummy with one of the nicest funeral I remember I must remind the young guide Eleonora absolutely brilliant in conveying not just mere historical information but in excite visitors to the extraordinary epic of this place , witness of the Armenian diaspora. Very good!
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  • Fabulous Armenian island in 7 minutes from Venice by boat. In 15-10 Zakaria from the pier "in" about Piazza San Marco boat rides in the San Lazare. In 15-30 starts hourly free tour in four languages, including Armenian. Personally I felt Armenia in Venice. Much of the story, acting, though Catholic Armenian Church (by the way we are lucky: 8 July there was a wedding), rich ancient library, a very nice picture gallery, about a dozen stunning works of Hovhannes Aivazovsky, left John Byron. The former island of lepers, ennobled Lazar Parpetsi Armenian.
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Save money and avoid tourist crowds by booking your accommodation outside the historical center of Venice. Central Venice is full of picturesque canals and narrow lanes, but it is also extremely noisy and hectic throughout the day and late into the night. You can explore the ancient city's charms at your own pace by staying at a comfortable B&B or small hotel located in the city's residential suburbs. To stay close to the finest beaches and restaurants, check into a hotel on the island of Lido, the city's famous seaside resort.
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