Fodor's Expert Review San Giorgio Maggiore

San Giorgio Maggiore Religious Building/Site/Shrine Fodor's Choice
San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice, Italy

There's been a church on this island since the 8th century, with the addition of a Benedictine monastery in the 10th. Today's refreshingly airy and simply decorated church of brick and white marble was begun in 1566 by Palladio and displays his architectural hallmarks of mathematical harmony and classical influence. The Last Supper and the Gathering of Manna, two of Tintoretto's later works, line the chancel. To the right of the entrance hangs The Adoration of the Shepherds by Jacopo Bassano (1517–92); affection for his home in the foothills, Bassano del Grappa, is evident in the bucolic subjects and terra-firma colors he chooses. If they have time, monks are happy to show Carpaccio's St. George and the Dragon, which hangs in a private room. The campanile dates from 1791, the previous structures having collapsed twice.

Adjacent to the church is a complex, which now houses the Cini Foundation; it contains a very beautiful cloister designed by Palladio... READ MORE

There's been a church on this island since the 8th century, with the addition of a Benedictine monastery in the 10th. Today's refreshingly airy and simply decorated church of brick and white marble was begun in 1566 by Palladio and displays his architectural hallmarks of mathematical harmony and classical influence. The Last Supper and the Gathering of Manna, two of Tintoretto's later works, line the chancel. To the right of the entrance hangs The Adoration of the Shepherds by Jacopo Bassano (1517–92); affection for his home in the foothills, Bassano del Grappa, is evident in the bucolic subjects and terra-firma colors he chooses. If they have time, monks are happy to show Carpaccio's St. George and the Dragon, which hangs in a private room. The campanile dates from 1791, the previous structures having collapsed twice.

Adjacent to the church is a complex, which now houses the Cini Foundation; it contains a very beautiful cloister designed by Palladio in 1560, his refectory, and a library designed by Longhena. Guided tours are given from 10 to 5 daily, April through September; reservations are not required.

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Quick Facts

Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore
Venice, Veneto  30133, Italy

041-5227827

www.abbaziasangiorgio.it

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: Church free, campanile €6

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