Festa della Sensa
|Fèsta de ƚa Sènsa|
|2013 date||May 9|
|2014 date||May 29|
|2015 date||May 14|
|2016 date||May 5|
The Fèsta de ƚa Sènsa was a feast of the Republic of Venice held on the occasion of the feast of the Ascension (in the Venetian dialect of Italian Sensa) and still celebrated as a recreation today. It commemorated two significant dates in the Republic's history; May 9, 1000, when the Doge Pietro II Orseolo rescued the denizens of Dalmatia imperiled by the Slavs. The aforementioned date marked the onset of Venetian extension in the Adriatic.
The second event commemorated took place in 1177 when the Doge Sebastiano Ziani, Pope Alexander III and the Holy Roman Emperor, Frederick Barbarossa agreed to the Treaty of Venice which ended the long standing differences between the Pontificate and the Holy Roman Empire.
On the occasion of this festival was held the ceremony of the Marriage of the Sea. This ceremony is recreated annually with the Mayor of Venice taking on the traditional role which was historically executed by the Doge.
- Sam Jones (7 July 2005), Venetian painting by Canaletto sold for record £11.5m, The Guardian[dead link]; Dalya Alberge (7 July 2005), Mystery bidder pays record £11m for classic Canaletto, The Times (London).
- The Festa della Sensa Commission - Comitato Festa della Sensa