The Armenians in Venice

San Lazzaro degli Armeni

My father’s hand holding my hand. I don’t know why, but this is the first memory I have of the San Lazzaro degli Armeni island in Venice. I was just a little girl but my father was proud to teach me the beauty and the history of our city.

Every time I go back and visit the island – one of the first centers in the world of Armenian culture, which hosts a monastery of the Mekhitarist order –  the cultural interest is melted into a warm childhood memory.

I am therefore particularly happy to present a new experience with Veniceandbeyond and our friend Shoghik that will take you through the the places of the Armenian presence in Venice.

In addition to visiting the island of San Lazzaro and its monastery, the itinerary includes a stop in Piazza San Marco, where we will discover some details of the Armenian history in Venice that dates back to the origins of the foundation of the lagoon city. We will continue towards the calle degli Armeni to discover the Armenian district with its church of the fifteenth century Santa Croce degli Armeni: here you will learn when and why the Armenian community of the thirteenth century was formed. On the occasion of the guided tour, the church of Santa Croce degli Armeni will also be open. Participants will have the opportunity to visit the inside of the church a hidden spot near Piazza San Marco, a little known site and outside the common tourist routes. it will be a day to discover a different aspect of the city.

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