- Isola di San Lazzaro degli Armeni Lido di Venezia
- 041 526 01 04
- adult/student & child €6/4.50
- tours 3.25-5pm daily
Lonely Planet review for Mechitarist Monastery
In 1717 the Armenian order of the Mechitarist Fathers (named after the founding father, Mechitar) was granted use of this island, which had been the site of a Benedictine hospice for pilgrims and then served as a leper colony. The Mechitarist monastery became an important centre of learning and repository of Armenian culture, which it remains to this day. The order also runs a hostel in a frescoed former school at Palazzo Zenobio in Dorsoduro.