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San Michele, Venice

Categories: Islands, Cemeteries, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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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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  • We were keen to stop here before we got to Venice and on our way over to Murano in the afternoon, got off the vaporetto for a walk around. The island is quite spectacular - not sure there is an island...  read more »
  • The cemetery is very spacious with many very old graves. The silence here is very relaxing after the whole hustle and bustle. The large church was unfortunately closed (Sunday) and the chapel due to construction work. Very bad. Transportation lines 4.1 and 4.2 was not a problem, since each line every 20min serves the island.
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  • I'm not on the island, but along dangers, do so hwt is apart that a separate island for is
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