San Michele, Venice

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  • An island between Murano and Venice. The Vaporettes stop at this location without another. This island is covered with a cemetery that is still active. Here are the GPS coordinates for this location 45-26'54.9"N 12-20'46.0"E Visited during the month of August 2019.
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  • "Island of the Dead" surrounded by a wall of enclosure where it is good to stop outside the Venetian crowd. Enjoy the stalking of the place by walking through the alleys of old cypress trees. Don't miss the pretty little church on the island. To get there, take the vaporetto 4.1 from Fondamente Nove (just a few minutes; on the way to Murano). NB: Photos banned inside
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  • The vaporetto is a very easy way to reach the cemetery island "San Michele," which lies between Venice and Murano, where you will find the cemetery of Venice of the same name. The island has a near-rectangular floor plan, with a length of 460 meters, a width of 390 meters and an area of 17.6 hectares and is surrounded all around with a red brick wall, so you can see it very well from afar. There is a church (the Renaissance church of San Michele in Isola, built in 1469 by Mauro Codussi), a chapel and countless different tombs such as Stravinsky and the famous families of Venice. But there are also areas where only church bearers and nuns, foreign residents, children, military etc. are buried. The plots are very well signposted and provide very good information on which areas to find. The island had to contend with lack of space, which is why the dead were first buried in normal graves, but after a few years they were exhumed again and stacked in tall blocks. You can also find areas where only urns can be found in high blocks. San Michele is part of the parish of San Canciano in the sestiere (city sixths) of Cannaregio, although it belongs to the sestiere Castello. On this island there is real silence and tranquility, you can also find some very old tombs with interesting inscriptions and names. The island of San Cristoforo della Pace, which was connected to San Michele during conversion to the cemetery, belonged to the monastery of the same name and access was only possible from the water side. In order to gain more space for burials, part of the neighbouring lagoon was poured up in 1837. The enlarged island of San Michele was surrounded by a tall brick wall along the straightened waterfront paths, one had the site poured up to make it flood-proof and straightened the area. The cemetery itself is laid out like a Greek cross, many cypresses, trees, bushes accompany the two main axes; The burial fields are separated by walls that contain the Columbariums-this island is truly unique in its location and in its conception and well worth a visit. If this review has been helpful to you, please activate the "Help Button"!
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