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.
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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  • Convenient to reach the island is a few minutes of vaporetto from the arsenal On the island in addition to the church of St. Michael is located the large cemetery of Venice Divided into zones according to the religious confession. A little decadent, some areas on the edge of abandonment, suggestive the area for the soldiers Solemn place of recollection
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  • In the cemetery of Saint Michele rarely fall by accident. You sit on Fondamenta Nova on vaparetto 4.2 or 4.1 and at the Cemetrio stop get out. The pointer will give a direction to the part where our compatriots are buried. Diaghilev and Stravinsky on the Greek Orthodox side and Joseph Brodsky on the evangelist. Finding the tomb of Joseph Brodsky is not difficult. At the entrance of 30 meters turn left. A headstone and an old wooden lantern on it. The grave is well-groomed. You'll have two huge green bushes behind you. There's the grave of Ezra Pound. Brodsky didn't get along well with him in his lifetime. But it so happened that after death they had to be in eternal neighborhood
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  • 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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