Venice : San Giorgio Maggiore

San Giorgio Maggiore - View

19th July 2011. Written by Xin Li.
Venice, Italy
Established in 982, the Monastery of San Giorgio stands on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, opposite San Marco. The Church of San Giorgio Maggiore was designed by none other than Andrea Palladio.

San Giorgio Maggiore - Facade of San Giorgio Church
San Giorgio Maggiore - the Monastery
San Giorgio Maggiore - Inside the San Giorgio Church

The church was built between 1566 and 1610 AD in classical Renaissance style. The main attraction of this church is probably the campanile tower. The trip to the top cost about 5 Euros but unlike San Marco campanile, the San Giorgio tower is less crowded and hence a cheaper alternative to the one at San Marco. Furthermore, you could see the San Marco Square from San Giorgio which was quite a beautiful sight.

San Giorgio Maggiore - Doge's Palace and San Marco
San Giorgio Maggiore - View from the Campanile Tower
San Giorgio Maggiore - View from the Campanile Tower
San Giorgio Maggiore - View from the Campanile Tower

To get to San Giorgio Maggiore, simply take the vaporetto and drop off at S.Giorgio stop. The church opens at 9.30 am to 12.30 pm, 2.30 pm to 6.30 pm from Monday to Saturday. On Sundays, it would be open from 2.00 pm to 6.30 pm.

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