San Giorgio Maggiore
Things to Do in Venice
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This island, just south of the main area of Venice, and on the Venetian Lagoon, is virtually all church and churchyard. It once housed a monastery, and is still a functioning place of worship with masses conducted in the Gregorian chant manner; its design, by Andrea Palladia (who died before it was completed in the 1500s) is in the Benedictine vernacular.
Visible from the core of the city of Venice, San Giorgio Maggiore has been captured on canvas by artists, including Monet. But its inside-housed works of art are staggering, and valuable beyond expression; masterpieces of Tintoretto and Carpaccio are among them.
Accessible by water-bus, this church-scape island is about both religion and art. It makes for a peaceful outing from the buzz of Venice proper, and affords spectacular views. Take time to explore and study the classic interior in the form of a Latin cross with a nave and two isles. A sanctuary in the Lagoon.