San Giorgio Maggiore
View of San Giorgio Maggiore
|Adjacent bodies of water||Venetian Lagoon|
|Province||Province of Venice|
San Giorgio Maggiore (Venetian: San Zorzi Mazor) is one of the islands of Venice, northern Italy, lying east of the Giudecca and south of the main island group. The island, or more specifically its Palladian church, is an important landmark. It has been much painted, featuring for example in a series by Monet.
San Giorgio Maggiore was probably occupied in the Roman period; after the foundation of Venice it was called Insula Memmia after the Memmo family who owned it. By 829 it had a church consecrated to St George; thus it was designated as San Giorgio Maggiore to be distinguished from San Giorgio in Alga.
The San Giorgio Monastery was established in 982, when the Benedictine monk, Giovanni Morosini, asked the doge Tribuno Memmo to donate the whole island for a monastery. Morosini drained the island's marshes next to the church to get the ground for building, and founded the Monastery of San Giorgio Maggiore, and became its first abbot.
San Giorgio Maggiore is now the headquarters of the Cini Foundation arts centre, known for its library, and is also home to the Teatro Verde open-air theatre. In addition, it features two harbours managed by the Compagnia della Vela: Darsena Crose, facing north (see second image below) and Darsena Verde, facing south.
In popular culture
The island and the church were featured in a pivotal showdown in the manga Vento Aureo.
- San Giorgio Monastery
- Church of San Giorgio Maggiore
- San Giorgio Maggiore at dusk (Painting by Monet)
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- Giovanni Morosini, a member of an important noble family of Venice, after serving for 25 years as leader and guide of the Monastery, dies on February 5, 1012, (see: Alvise Zorzi, La Repubblica del Leone. Storia di Venezia, Bompiani, 2001
- John Freely (2008): Strolling through Venice. Tauris Parke Paperbacks, ISBN 978 1 84511 578 4, p. 121