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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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  • San Michele cemetery where buried Brodsky, Stravinsky, Diaghilev, and all representatives of the famous Venetian families. Located on a private island, vaporetto routes 4.1 or 4.2, it is easiest to reach from Fondamente Nuovo (for example, after a visit to the Cathedral of Giovanni e Paolo and San Marco Skuoly), where the sail just 5 minutes. The cemetery is divided into sectors, at the entrance there is a schematic map, which is very easy to navigate.
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  • Give an opinion on a cemetery... it seems surreal to me! But I wanted to greet my friend Paolo disappeared too quickly, tribute him which now forever will live in SA Venice. I owe him to love and to find this city when I can, I owe him to have been able to achieve my dream. Thank you Paolo. Your memory will always be with me. One thought to Paolo as you stop off the Venetian tumult and the tourist whirl. This notice is immortal.
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  • Get a water bus over from the Fondamente Nove to this little island, which is the cemetery of Venice. It is beautifully arranged, extremely neat and well maintained. Altogether really peaceful. You ca...  more »