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26-Aug-2016 AKMC

20160826_015986 Sunset In Venice

Riva degli Schiavoni, Venezia, Italia (Venice, Italy)

You have to give it to Venice, it does "the Golden Hour" rather well. Here we see the sun setting over this couple on the banks of the Grand Canal, though their presence was fortuitous rather than planned.

A seagull flies between them and the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore, which sits on its own island across the canal. There has been a church in more or less that location since about 790, though this one, designed by Andrea Palladio, dates to the mid to late 1500's. The campanile (bell tower) collapsed in 1774, and the one that you can see here was built in 1791. Apparently it has an elevator and the views that it provides are worth looking at. I'll make a mental note of that.

Further to the right, above the mooring poles the domed structure is La Chiesa di Santa Maria della Presentazione, better known as Le Zitelle, the Italian word for maidens. At one time, after its construction in the late 1500s, it provided shelter for maidens who were without a dowry. I rather suspect that they worked, and worked quite hard, for their keep, though.

There is still a church there, but the convent was bought by the Bauer Hotel and turned into a luxury hotel named The Palladio. It closes over winter (and some weekends, curiously) which will set you back between €350 and €800 per night. That would definitely be one of those "If these walls could talk" places and if the view is like this looking towards it, I do have to wonder what it would be like looking back.

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