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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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  • The Venetian cemetery is worth a trip even if you hadn't planned on leaving the main island grouping of Venice. The church, the famous grave sites and the island itself are all lovely. I would recomme...  more »
  • On the drive Murano and Burano worth a stopover on the cemetery island. Many interesting tombs, such as Stravinskioder Joseph Brodsky. Impressive enhancements architect Chipperfied.
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  • In the line of large cemeteries historic Pere Lachaise in Paris and London Highgate, on the island of San Michele in Venice is announced by their historical figures - in fact, the tomb of Diaghilev is a beautiful picture, with all dancers scattered in his honour-sneakers, when maybe it's more celebrities by the refeexion on the life cycle that stimulates as the catacombs of the Capuchins in entry Napoles.de, it is reached by boat, as in many of the classic funeral myths, it is surrounded by cypress trees and we had the great luck that was deserted and had snowed recently. Of all forms, the emotions are found because surprises the care and mostly the showiness and joy of of thousands of flowers, each tomb with its bouquet or your tree. Beautiful and paradoxically vital.
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