At the beginning of the 18th Century, Armenian monks arrived in Venice. These monks fled from the Moorish country after the ... More
At the beginning of the 18th Century, Armenian monks arrived in Venice. These monks fled from the Moorish country after the Turkish invasion. The Serenissima (Venetians) gave them an island, which was used as a lepers' colony in other times. Under the guidance of Pietro Mechitar, the monks founded a religious order and monastery for the Mechitarists, and a library that became a cultural centre for the Armenian Diaspora. Fortunate enough to be spared by Napoleon, they continued in their work of cultural rescue. They established a typography in Armenian characters and collected the most ancient manuscripts that they could find. Guided tours are also available. Visit the website for detailed information.
In addition to the exhibition of primitive art, there are displays of modern art, where you will find works by
young aspiring and established artists. Particularly interesting are the new trends in art which are represented, be it in ...
Located in the Procuratie Nuove, two minutes from Biblioteca Marciana Marciana, this is one of the oldest museums the city
has to offer. Built at the bequest of Domenico Grimani in 1523. Museo Archeologico houses findings of Egyptian, Assyrian ...
Some legends say that the Ponte dei Sospiri was called the Bridge of Sighs because it was a rendezvous for
lovers; however, the truth tells a much sadder tale. The bridge, in fact was built to convey magistrates to ...
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