San Giorgio Maggiore Island
The majority of the Venetian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio, was responsible for the present church, the entrance cloister and the magnificent Refectory
The island of San Giorgio Maggiore has ancient roots. It was the site of a Benedictine monastery since 982, when the abbot obtained Morosini San Giorgio by the Doge of Venice. From that date the island and the monastery grew, flourished and decayed following the fate of the Serenissima. The Monastery of San Giorgio was enriched by the munificence of the Venetian state that destined the care of church property and various properties in the mainland. Island and monastery began to assume the current physiognomy around the first half of the fifteenth century, when San Giorgio were recorded important construction projects of Buora, and subsequently by Andrea Palladio and Baldassarre Longhena. Today the Benedictine monumental complex can be visited through a guided tour service.
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