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Le Zitelle (officially Santa Maria della Presentazione) is a church in Venice, Italy. It is part of a former complex who gave shelter to young maidens who had no dowry (“zitelle” in Italian), and is located in the easternmost part of Giudecca Island.

Generally attributed to Andrea Palladio, the original design dates to 1579-1580 and the construction to 1586. Its housing edifice surrounds the church in a horseshoe shape, with a court behind the apse. The façade has two orders, surmounted by a tympanum and flanked by two small bell towers. The church has a large dome with a lantern.

The interior is on the central plan. It houses works by Aliense, Leandro Bassano and Palma il Giovane.

No longer used as a church the building now houses the five star Bauer Palladio Hotel & Spa, run by the Bauer Hotel Group

Single RAW image Tonemapped in Photomatix Pro.

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)
Sigma 18-200mm lens
Exif data from the JPG
F-stop f/5
ISO 200
Focal length 48 mm


Related shots can be found at: Venice or Italy.

Featured in :ImageWriting : 31 Oct 09

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  • Braedene
    Braedeneabout 5 years ago

    Oh my – this is perfect – what a wonderful pic and with such clarity and colour.

  • Thank you so much Liz, very much appreciated …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganabout 5 years ago

    Lovely scene Tom

  • Thank you kindly Tina …

    – Tom Gomez

  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1about 5 years ago

    wow fantastic lighting!!

  • Thank you so much dear Maggie …

    – Tom Gomez

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1about 5 years ago

    Awesome view and capture Tom!!

  • Thank you Cheryl …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Barbara Manis
    Barbara Manisabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful capture, Tom! The lighting is wonderful!

  • Thank you so much Barbara …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaabout 5 years ago


  • Much appreciated Scott …

    – Tom Gomez

  • shadyuk
    shadyukabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful Capture !

  • Thank you so much Dorothy …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Tim Denny
    Tim Dennyabout 5 years ago

    Nice angle, and bright also, good one Tom

  • Thank you kindly Tim …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Elana Bailey
    Elana Baileyabout 5 years ago

    Lovely lighting and pov, Tom. Well done.

  • Thank you Elana …

    – Tom Gomez

  • linda lowry
    linda lowryabout 5 years ago


  • Thank you so much Linda …

    – Tom Gomez

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