Chiesa delle Zitelle (Santa Maria della Presentazione), Venice

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Le Zitelle is a church in Venice, Italy. It is part of a former complex which gave shelter to young maidens who had no dowry, and is located in the easternmost part of the Giudecca island.
Generally attributed to Andrea Palladio, the original design dates to 1579-1580 and the construction to 1586. Its housing edifice surrounds the church in a horseshoe shape, with a court behind the apse. The façade has two orders, surmounted by a tympanum and flanked by two small bell towers. The church has a large dome with a lantern.
The interior is on the central plan. It houses works by Aliense, Leandro Bassano and Palma il Giovane.
The attribution to Andrea Palladio is not without controversy. The Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura Andrea Palladio points to a lack of contemporary documents and drawings confirming Palladio's involvement with the project and the fact that construction only started in 1581, one year after Palladio's death. They consider: "... a project by Palladio both possible and datable to the mid-1570s, but neither the façade nor the interior of the church display characteristics which are unequivocally related to Palladio’s language, unless in an extremely clumsy and unfaithful version."
The church is now only open on Sundays, and the Bauer Hotel has acquired the former convent and converted it into a 50-room luxury hotel - The Palladio.
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  • Dissecting the water surface of the Venetian lagoon on the brisk waporetto, I noticed another massive sakra, "floating" on the right side: the Church of Sitelle (Chiesa delle zitelle). I met in nata another name of this sacral - the Church of Santa Maria della Presentazione. Externally - a very modest "look" but, at the same time, a majestic-powerful structure. The author of the temple project is a highly controversial figure (due to the lack of any documentary evidence). But according to The Special...
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  • The church, built on the design of the Palladio, is unfortunately accessible as public only in rare and fixed occasions or by appointment. Presents valuable paintings of Palma the young man and his school and a valuable sculpture of the Madonna del Rosario by G.M Morlaiter
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  • Visited on the FAI open day, organization too poor to appreciate
  • Just wonderful..
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