12. Tabernacle on Fondamenta della Misericordia

This fine tabernacle is on the side of the former Palasport or Scuola Nova della Misericordia. The upper niche used to house a small statue of La Pietà in white marble which was stolen in 1973. The niche was built in the XVI-XVII century and was previously in the Scuola dei Mercanti.  The antependium shows a beautiful relief of the Virgin protecting two worshipers. Two merchant ships carrying cargo are on either side of the Madonna. The tabernacle was built to protect the fisherman of nearby Rio de Noal.

How to get there. From the vaporetto stop at Ca' d'Oro take Calle Ca' d'Oro to Strada Nova, turn left on Strada Nova. Cross the first bridge (Ponte Novo S. Felice) and turn right immediately after the bridge on Fondamenta de la Chiesa which soon becomes Fondamenta San Felice. Go to the end of the fondamenta, about 200 meters, and turn left on Ramo de la Misericordia, cross the bridge of the same name, and you will be on Fondamenta de la Misericordia. The tabernacle is on the brick wall of the fondamenta. Madonna # 1 and Madonna # 13 are nearby.

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