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, Paolo Cadorin, Zoran Mušič, Helenio Herrera, Emilio Vedova, and Salvador de Iturbide y Marzán. The cemetery is still in use today.
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  • By vaporetto to Murano island across from the real poop et. and has been looking at. Here is so grave is across the Islands. Created a grave well, narrow Venetian island will someday be lost where people live, so I guess. It is not to explore the area.
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  • It is strange to note a cemetery, but this one is worth the detour. Located between Venice and Murano, it is an island cemetery. There is a beautiful church and two cloisters to visit. There are many tombs including that of Igor Stravinsky and Vera, his wife. Many Russian princesses are buried in the same space. More curious, a space dedicated to nuns or military graves. It is a very quiet space.
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  • We witnessed a funeral going to the cemetery. The coffin in a boat going across and the family stood around it. I love a cemetery but prefer historic graves where I don't feel like I am intruding on f...  more »

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