Armenian Venice

Cultural & Theme Tours in San Marco

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This tour is available only ON REQUEST.A particular itinerary following the traces of the Armenians in Venice.The purpose of this itinerary is to approach the Armenian culture and historical presence in Venice, become stable from the 12th Century.
A particular itinerary on the traces of the Armenians in Venice. The purpose of this itinerary is to approach the Armenian culture and historical presence in Venice, become stable from the 12th Century.  The city of Venice witnessed diplomatic, commercial and cultural exchanges with Armenians since the Middle Ages: sure enough the old town is rich in monuments, buildings, churches, palaces, calli, campielli that refer to the Armenian presence in the city, also confirmed by the names of some places. Moreover, with the assignment to the Mechitarists congregation of the island of San Lazzaro (which was called "the Armenians’ island" in 1717), Venice became one of the main centers of the Armenian culture. An Armenian-Venetian guide will lead the participants to three of the most important places of Armenian memory in Venice.The itinerary that follows will be carried out by an Armenian guide, while on the island you will be welcomed by a Mechitarist Father. The first stop will be the island of San Lazzaro degli Armeni, where a Mechitarist Father will take you to a really exclusive visit to the Monastery. The cultural and spiritual activity of Armenian monks changed the island's history from the first half of the 18th Century. During the visit, you will have the opportunity to join a suggestive Mass in the Armenian Rite. The museums of this islands offer information about many cultures: about 5,000 precious manuscripts in several languages, about 140,000 ancient and modern volumes, an authentic Egyptian mummy of 2,700 years ago, important paintings and other unique precious furnishings. We will then come back to Venice, and from Piazza San Marco we will reach Santa Croce degli Armeni Church., near San Zulian. Here, just a not far away from the Piazza, lays the former Armenian district. In the heart of this district, you find the little Church of Santa Croce degli Armeni, a Venetian Baroque church with three 18th Century altars decorated with interesting paintings: among the subject, San Gregorio Armeno, “the Illuminator”, the one who converted the Armenians to Christianity in 301 AD. Our last stop will be Palazzo Ca’ Zenobio, in Dorsoduro district. The palace has been hosting the Armenian College Moorat Raphael for 200 years, which has been a high-level international education center. Its diploma was recognized by both the Italian and France Council. The piano nobile with its famous Hall of mirrors decorated with 18th Century frescoes, represents a typical Venetian monumental room. We will walk through the 19th Century garden of Palazzo Ca 'Zenobio among reddish-brown bushes, laurels, cypresses, scented pittosporum and rows of robinias.

What’s included

  • Professional art historian Armenian guide
  • Guided tour of Santa Croce Church
  • Guided tour of Ca’ Zenobio
  • Entrance fees of San Lazzaro degli Armeni (6€ per person)

What’s not included

  • Transportation to San Lazzaro (7,50 € per person, one way
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Everything not mentioned in the "included" field