Chiesa dell'Isola di San Servolo, Venice

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#110 of 196 in Historic Sites in Venice
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.
Along 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, Paolo Cadorin, Zoran Mušič, Helenio Herrera, Emilio Vedova, and Salvador de Iturbide y Marzán. The cemetery is still in use today.
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  • We visited during the Venice Biennale to see the artworks exhibited on San Servolo and it made for a lovely morning strolling around in the sun. Great views and interesting history - the island...  more »
  • I went to San Servolo for a conference - what a great place! Quiet, beautiful garden, interesting museum & history (used to be an asylum) and even the bathrooms offer stunning views across the lagoon....  more »
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  • This is a nice and small church but I would not go out of the way to see it since there are much nicer churches in the main part of Venice. The main downsides are that it's small, not exactly well-maintained, and the artwork isn't anything spectacular. But if you have time or are in this island be sure to step in and take a quick look! There are paintings for each station of the cross inside. If you find the door closed, go up the stairs in the door to the left of the church entrance. Up there is the entrance to Museo Del Manicomio where the person there should have a key and may open the church for you to view if you ask. When I visited this is how I saw the church so I would give it a try if the church door is closed.
  • Peace and a green area where you can spend a relaxing afternoon, and splendid Museum of old asylum
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