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Frari Church & San Giorgio Maggiore

semi-overcast 68 °F

Monday, May 12, 2014

Today's plan is to wander down to the Frari church, then out to San Giorgio Maggiore, finishing with a walk through Dorsorduro. Our first stop is Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, in the San Polo district. Inside, we find spectacular artwork by Titian (along with his monument), a tomb for Canova (that only contains his heart), and a number of over-the-top baroque monuments. Photos aren't allowed inside, so we purchase a few postcards from the gift shop.

Frari Church

Frari Church

Titian's Assumption

Titian's Assumption

Frari Church - Doge Pesaro Monument

Frari Church - Doge Pesaro Monument

We wander down toward Piazza San Marco, to catch the vaporetto to the island church of San Giorgio Maggiore. Along the way, we pass through Campo San Toma.

Campo San Toma

Campo San Toma

TIP: If you plan on using the vaporetto system, it's well worthwhile to purchase a daily or multi-day ticket. Individual vaporetto rides, even if only for one stop, are quite expensive.

A Traghetto crossing the Grand Canal

A Traghetto crossing the Grand Canal

Along the Grand Canal

Along the Grand Canal

Santa Maria della Salute

Santa Maria della Salute

San Giorgio Maggiore

San Giorgio Maggiore

San Giorigio Maggiore

San Giorigio Maggiore

The Church of San Giorgio Maggiore is isolated on it's own island, at the eastern end of Giudecca, with no bridges, so the only way to reach it is by private boat or vaporetto. When we arrive, we find the statue at the top of the cupola is wrapped in scaffolding, part of an ongoing project to restore damage caused when the statue of St. George was hit by lightning during a storm, causing him to nearly drop his lance.

Inside, scaffolding reaches high up into the dome, and a team of conservators is working on cleaning the bronze's in one of the chapels.

Scaffolding reaches high into the dome

Scaffolding reaches high into the dome

Statue removed from the top of the church for conservation

Statue removed from the top of the church for conservation

Bronze clad wood is badly deteriorated

Bronze clad wood is badly deteriorated

Altar of St. Stephen

Altar of St. Stephen

We take the elevator to the top of the bell tower for some views over Venice (stairs are not open to visitors here).

Bells of San Giorgio

Bells of San Giorgio

View from the bell tower

View from the bell tower

View from the bell tower

View from the bell tower

View from the bell tower

View from the bell tower

View from the bell tower

View from the bell tower

Next entry, we'll continue on with our visit to Venice.

Posted by Zukini 14:30 Archived in Italy Tagged venice

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