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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  • During my travels I like to visit cemeteries, due to their peacefulness and calmness, often very beautiful sculptures, monuments to historic figures or humble contemplation about life and death. The w...  more »
  • This cemetery is the fruit of the Napoleonic Decree of Prairial year XII which rejected the cemeteries of the intra muros of cities for reasons of hygiene: avoid the spread of epidemics and make drinking water. There are two community squares: a protestant, and certainly also anglican and Orthodox square said "greco" well it houses numerous graves of Russians. Many graves of these squares are clearly abandoned. I was very unpleasantly surprised to not come across graves of very beautiful invoices but stately mausoleums can be of Art Deco style but who have the heaviness of a monument of the Stalinist period. A plan of the cemetery with a very rough indication of the remarkable graves is discreetly placed left on entering. But absolutely no book is available for sale while the photographs are prohibited!...
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  • The cemetery island of Venice needed currently substantial restoration work, so that their real charm is partly impaired. At the same time, many ancient tombs are abandoned so that some more because it's a cemetery a park. The Church was when we were there, dark, so that the impression of the forgotten is compounded. There's hardly a greater contrast when one must go back with the crowded ferry
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  • Well worth a visit on the way back from burano or murano
  • Never seen anything like that, the cemetery is on an island, with its boat stop, and funerals, obviously so are made, with barca and have access, is located at the island of San Michele, or island of the dead, has been the cemetery of Venice since the beginning d the 19th century. Previously, in reality were two islands which were part of this place, but they were United and San Michele island is now entirely dedicated to those who already departed, being occupied entirely by churches and by long rows of graves. There are other famous cemeteries in Europe, as the Père Lachaise in Paris that attracts many tourists. However, in Italy, the cemeteries normally aren't tourist destinations. San Michele it is possible to find tombs of great characters that rest on his final resting place, including Igor Stravinsky, Joseph Brodsky, Sergei Diaghilev, Ezra pound, and Luigi Nono.
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  • за време куга у 17. веку су се мртви преносили на ово острво
  • Cemetery where residents of Venice uprkaivajut the ashes of their dead loved ones
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