Island of St. Giorgio


Across from the pier of St. Mark`s is the Isle of St. George with the lovely white facade of the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore. The curch was designed by Palladio in 1565 and the facade employs the typical "giant order"he used in countless other buildings: i.e. four enormous Corinthian columns supporting a huge triangular tympanum surmounted by statues of the Savior and two angels. The elegant luminous interior countains some outstanding Tintorettos such as the Last Supper and Shower of Manna in the sanctuary and a Deposition in the Cappella dei Morti. The Saint George and the Dragon is by Carpaccio. The adjoining monastery is now occupied by an international renowned art and cultural institution, the Cini Foundation, thanks to which the whole architectural complex was restored.

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