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Venice’s Master Plan of 1557

The collections of Venice’s fabled Biblioteca Marciana record a document in volume segnato 138.c.180, c. XVIIb described as:  “Design in pen and watercolor on two pages reunited to form a single page measuring mm 832mm by  626mm”. The document so … Continue reading

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Venice 2014 – la Biennale: Fundamentals: International Architecture Exhibition

A featured session of the Venice 2014 – la Biennale is the 14th International Architecture Exhibition / Fundamentals. The 2014 edition of the biannual exhibition will be held from June 7 to November 23, 2014 in, of course, Venice, Italy. With … Continue reading

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Venice – Urban Palimpsest and Tomb of Memories

“Palimpsest” (“palinsesto” in Italian) has its origins in the Greek word for “scraped again”. The original reference may have been to layered manuscripts, where older text was no longer more valued by the holder than the underlaying and very rare … Continue reading

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Venice – Corte Vecchia – Enigma and Mystery

The quiet Old Court lies hidden in the midst of Sestiere d’San Marco, Venice, Italy. In reality, Corte Vecchia is a wide, dead-end street, often labeled a “Ramo” in Venice. A ramo is often not a “dead-end”, since the water … Continue reading

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Venice: Its Cemeteries

Why write about cemeteries?  In addition to being an historical, integral and necessary part of an island city that did not have adjacent land areas for that function, long “closed” cemeteries embedded in the urban fabric have left open spaces that give relief to the … Continue reading

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Venice 697-1797: A City, A Republic, An Empire – Book Review

Alvise Zorzi’s masterful tome, “Venice 697-1797: A City, A Republic, An Empire” recently fell into my grasp.  Birthday presents are nice!  (Woodstock: The Overlook Press: Peter Mayer Publishers, Woodstock, NY, 2001 revised English edition, 303pp.  Originally published in 1999, Milan). Birthday … Continue reading

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Venice – The Matrix Churches

How many church foundings were contained in visions received by Magnus, Bishop of Oderzo and Eraclea?  Many historians and commentators state “eight”; others “twelve”, or maybe “ten”.  What were their names and locations? There is no certain listing beyond eight churches, complete visions … Continue reading

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Poggio alle Mura and Brunello

Castles, Stones and Glass Poggio alle Mura today means “Banfi” to most people.  Soaring majestically above 2,400 acres of vineyards in an estate encompassing 7,100 acres on an elevated benchland above the Fiume Orcia about one-half hour south of Montalcino (give or take a century … Continue reading

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The Gates of Altinum

In the Venetian Lagoon, to the north of the great City of Venice, several extraordinary island communities draw visitors, commerce and historians today.  The best known among them – the active towns – are Murano, the “glass island”, and Burano, … Continue reading

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Venice Churches – The First 250 Years

The number, location and names of parish churches in Venice has varied over the millennia, along with reassignment of some former parishes as subsidiary locations and some monastery closings leaving a parish church in later times. Churches were also established in other island communities around … Continue reading

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