Santa Maria della Grazia
Santa Maria della Grazia in Venice as seen from La Giudecca
|Adjacent bodies of water||Venetian Lagoon|
|Province||Province of Venice|
Santa Maria della Grazia rose during the Middle Ages in the place where Venice’s rubble was discarded. The island takes its name from a supposedly miraculous Madonna which was on display in its former church. In 1264 there was a home for pilgrims to the Holy Land; later it was transformed into a convent. During the Napoleonic period the convent was suppressed and changed to a powder-magazine, which in 1849 exploded destroying both the ex-convent and the church.
The island was the site of an infectious diseases hospital until the end of the twentieth century.
- Guida d’Italia del Touring Club Italiano, Venice
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