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San Michele, Venice
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San Michele is an island in the Venetian Lagoon, northern Italy. It is associated with the sestiere of Cannaregio, from which it lies a short distance northeast.HistoryAlong with neighbouring San Cristoforo della Pace, the island was a popular place for local travellers and fishermen to land. Mauro Codussi's Chiesa di San Michele in Isola of 1469, the first Renaissance church in Venice, and a monastery lie on the island, which also served for a time as a prison.San Cristoforo was selected to become a cemetery in 1807, designed by Gian Antonio Selva, when under French occupation it was decreed that burial on the mainland (or on the main Venetian islands) was unsanitary. The canal that separated the two islands was filled in during 1836, and subsequently the larger island became known as San Michele. Bodies were carried to the island on special funeral gondolas. Among those buried there are Igor Stravinsky, Joseph Brodsky, Jean Schlumberger, Christian Doppler, Frederick Rolfe, Horatio Brown, Sergei Diaghilev, Ezra Pound, Luigi Nono, Catherine Bagration, Franco Basaglia, Zoran Mušič, Helenio Herrera, Emilio Vedova, and Salvador de Iturbide y Marzán. The cemetery is still in use today.
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  • The only place in Venice we hadn't visited. Puts us to shame when it comes to our cemeteries. A beautifully kept, peaceful island. All graves have flowers and are well looked after. Soo peaceful. No p...  more »
  • If you are not terrified of being in a cemetery, and you are interested in Italian sculptures and gardens - you will like the Venetian cemetery island. I found it very interesting to see the big famil...  more »
  • Noyhig to see here unless you like to visit cemeteries,so I don't think is a must do.There's a beautiful church,though.