We start this new section where every week a different picture will be showcased. Occasionally, there will be a second picture for you to identify.
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||San Polo||Picture of the Week
||Picture of the Week 2010|
|Madonna della Misericordia
||San Marco||Picture of the Week 2011|
||Christmas in Venice
||Picture of the Week 2012|
|Cast in Stone
||Signs, Banners and Graffiti
||Picture of the Week 2013|
|Summertime||External Links||Picture of the Week 2015|
|Most Serene Places||Venice and the Eastern Mediterranean||Picture of the Week 2016|
|Giuseppe Briati, born in Murano in 1686,
introduced the art of crystal making to his city in 1730 after learning
the craft in Bohemia. He could render to perfection any imaginable
object: flowers, fruits, animals, trees and even bridges like never
seen before. His success made his fellow Muranese
glassmakers very jealous to the extent that they threatened him with
death. Trying to get away from the threats, in 1739 Giuseppe obtained a
special permit to install his kilns in Venice proper –kilns had been
banned in Venice since 1291 for safety reasons– by the Rio dei Carmini
at number 2530 (shown below).
The column by the gate comes from the Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion, Greece, and it's probably one of the oldest architectural elements found in Venice (5th cent. BC). The lion is from the 19th cent. The column was installed there by the Busetto family in 1862.
|View from the bell tower of San Giorgio
Maggiore. Far away we can see Torcello and its bell tower (under
repair), to its right is the
island of Burano and to its left and toward the middle of the picture,
sort of halfway between Venice and Torcello, is the forgotten island of Madonna del Monte. In fact it is
two islands linked by a stretch of land only visible at very low tide.
This island had one of the
first human settlements in the lagoon; it had been occupied by the Romans way before the Venetians settled there. A monastery, called San Nicolò della
Cavana, was built in 1303 and
abandoned in the middle of the 15th century. A church consecrated to the Madonna
del Rosario was built at the beginning of the 18th century and
demolished in the 19th. In
the 20th century, the island was used to store gunpowder and the ruins
that we see today are the remains of those facilities.