San Michele Cemetery, Venice
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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.Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Venice trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.
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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San Michele Cemetery Reviews
With the vaporetto you can reach the cemetery island "San Michele", which is located between Venice and Murano, very well, on this is the cemetery of the same name of Venice. The island has an approxi... more »
This is interesting as yes, Venetians eventually die and have to be buried somewhere. San Michele is an island dedicated as a cemetery, the main Catholic and Eastern Orthodox cemetery. Easy to get the... more »
Nice location in the near of Venezia. Perfect for silent Moments
Well worth a visit on the way back from burano or murano
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