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Venice is more than just a city, it is an inimitable symbol, an open-air museum. It is unique, just like the priceless salons of the Palazzo Abadessa, a historical residence that has retained all the allure and fascination of a Venetian aristocratic home Damask silk fabrics, frescoes and paintings fron the great masters of the past are the setting for an incredible environment.
An antique aristocratic home dating back to the XVIth century, the Palazzo was the residence of the Abbess Jeronima Calba before coming into the possession of the Priuli Family, doges od the Serenissima Republica Marinara. In the spacious garden, the stone statue of the Emperor Franz Josef bear witness to the fact that the Palazzo was also once the site of the Austro-Hungarian Embassy.
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San Simeone Piccolo is a church in the sestiere of Santa Croce in Venice, northern Italy. From across the Grand Canal it faces the railroad terminal serving as entrypoint for most visitors to the city. Built in 1718-38 by Giovanni Antonio Scalfarotto, the church shows the emerging eclecticism of Neoclassical architecture. It accumulates academic architectural quotations, much like the contemporaneous Karlskirche in Vienna. Wittkower, in his monograph, acknowledges San Simeone is modeled on the Pantheon with a temple-front pronaos, on the other hand, the peaked dome recalls Longhena's more embellished and prominent Santa Maria della Salute church. The centralized circular church design and the metal dome recalls Byzantine models and San Marco, though the numerous centrifugal chapels are characteristic of Post-Tridentine churches.  San Simeon Piccolo (technically named SS. Simeone e Giuda) is actually rather unimportant as far as Venice churches go, but it is most people's first view of Venice—and, if you've a long wait for your train, the thing you end up staring at longest—so it begs to be identified. Itwas one of the last churches built in Venice, in one of its poorer sestieri; closed for what seems like decades (most of us, actually, had long assumed it to be deconsecrated and boarded up permanently), it has recently had some restoration work done on the striking green (oxidized) copper dome and has reopened to the public.  Nowadays you can visit the stunning crypta.
It now holds the quirky status of being the only church in Venice to celebrate Mass in Latin, too.

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The birth of Venice from the waters of he Lagoon is wonderfully rendered in the verses of the American poet Herman Melville: 

With Pantheist energy of will
The little craftsman of the Coral Sea
Strenuous in the blue abyss,
Up-builds his marvelous gallery
And long arcade,
Erections freaked with many a fringe
Of marble garlandry,
Evincing what a worm can do.

Laborious in a shallower wave,
Advanced in kindred art,
A prouder agent proved Pan's might
When Venice rose in reefs of palaces.

Venice began to rise from the waters thanks to the intrepid men who, fleeing from the barbarian invaders, abandoned their homes on the mainland and took refuge in the scattered islands of the Lagoon. 

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What about discovering some of the Venetian gems ?
Did you already heard about the Galleria Giorgio Franchetti - Ca' d'Oro?
The Ca' d'Oro, an ancient patrician residence of the fifteen century, gethers the art collection which Baron Giorgio Franchetti who bought the building in 1894 gave the state. In this house decorated with a Venetian Gothic style through fascinating architectonical glimpses it is possible to admire painting of the Venetian school among which the famous San Sebastiano by Andrea Mantegna, works of the Tuscan and Flemish school, wonderful bronze statues and Renaissance statues as well.
The mosaics are really stunning as well as the internal Corte, including an amazing view of the Grand Canal.

Water bus public ACTv line number 1 - stop Ca' d'Oro

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The Jews of Venice were only permitted to practise three professions in the past.
They were not allowed to own land or property and could not become craftsmen, professionals or business owners.
Initially, the only activity open to them was money  lending.  An exception was later made for the mercantile Levantine Jews who were granted permission to trade. Eventually, the Ghetto's inhabitants were also allowed to become doctors and to sell second - hand clothes.
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Yesterday we had the incredible opportunity to join the inauguration of the restorayion of Jacopo Tintoretto's Wedding Feast at Cana. This charming painting has returned to its place high on the wall in the sacristy of the church of the Salute! 

Jacopo Tintoretto’s Wedding Feast at Cana is a painting of substantial size (14.4 ft x 19.3 ft) and now hangs high on the wall of the sacristy in the church of Santa Maria della Salute in Venice. Originally painted for the refectory of the convent of the Crociferi, the canvas was transferred to the Salute following the suppression of the religious order in the seventeenth century.

So interesting listeting to Don Fabrizio Favaro of the Salute, Alberto Nardi from the Board of Directors of Save Venice, Amalia Basso from the Superintendency of Fine Arts and Monuments of Venice, and conservator Valentina Piovan and their presentations during the inauguration. This restoration was made possible thanks to the generous support of Save Venice Chairman Emeritus Dr. Randolph H. Guthrie, and his wife, Save Venice Board Member Beatrice H. Guthrie.

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The history of Othello is very original. In 1505 Cristoforo Moro, a Venetian patrician, went to Cyprus as a lieutenant. Three years later, he became a captain, and came back to Venice but during the trip his wife died.
These historical data originated the legend of a Moor, called Othello, who married Desdemona, a Venetian patrician. He went as a commander to Cyprus where overpowered by jealousy he killed his wife. In 1565 G.B. Giraldi Cinthio took his legend as a starting point for one of the novellas of the Hecatommithi. Finally the legend was made immortal by Shakespeare. The Shakespearean tragedy was written between 1601 and 1694 and was staged for the first time in November 1604. Only the first act of Othello is set in Venice and even in this case Shakespeare underlines only the most famous elements of the city. A detail of the first scene of the first act is curious when Roderigo and Iago are near Desdemona's house.
Tradition claims that Desdemona's father house is Contarini Fasan palace is st. Maria Zobenigo. The small building was built in gothic style.
The date in which it was constructed unknown but is believed to be between 1470 and 1480 as it was represented in 1500 by Jacopo de' Barbari.
The fascinating residence rises out of the water on one side of the Canal Grande (just in front of the Basilica della Salute) and on the other side it is hidden in a side street of calle XXII marzo.

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Free Walk in Venice tours are glad to present you: Saint Mark Horses

The horses you can see on the pic are the copy created in 1982, the original are inside the beautiful Sain Mark museum.

The original four horses at St. Mark’s Basilica, Venice, can only be described with one word: beauty. They are called the bronze horses, but they are actually pure copper. If you have the opportunity to stare at them long enough, they almost seem real. The two horses pictured above are looking at each other like they are sharing a secret, and we are left in the dark. It’s a miracle of history, time, and circumstance that these horses exist today. We are able to stand and admire their craftsmanship because of a long history of looting, theft, and historic preservation. Do you want when have they been created?

It seems they may have been created by a very famous sculptor, Lyssippos, in the fourth century BCE. However, we must tell you that recent studies suggest that the horses have a Roman and not greek origin. If the antiquity of the horses is not enough to produce a feeling of awe, then the story of how they made their way from Constantinople to Venice will surely amaze. From at least the ninth century CE, and possibly much earlier, the horses stood on top of the Hippodrome in Constantinople. In 1204 CE, Constantinople was totally sacked by Crusaders, and many of the treasures, including the four horses, were shipped to western Europe. This is part of the history.

From 1204 CE, these four beautiful horses grace the terrace at St. Mark’s Basilica. In 1797 CE, Napoleon and the French troop decided that he wanted horses and carried them off to Paris (and not only them). They were returned to Venice a short time later in 1815 CE. There they stood on the terrace until the 1980s, when they were moved inside to save them from pollution. Today on the terrace you can view the replicas, but the real treasure is located inside. The horses stand guard just inside the entrance and look like they are in motion, prancing towards the visitors to greet them. There they will stand for future generations to admire their beauty and realism. Photography is not allowed and the cost of the ticket is 5 euro, totally worth it!

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