Looking over the rooftops in Venice, Italy to the leaning Campanile of Chiesa di Santo Stefano (Church of St. Stephen).
A large church at the northern end of the Campo Santo Stefano. It was founded in the 13th century, rebuilt in the 14th century and altered again early in the 15th century, when the fine gothic doorway and ship’s keel roof were added. The tall interior is also Gothic and has three apses.
The church is said (by Jan Morris) to have had to be consecrated six times because of repeated bloodshed within its walls.
The Campanile is late Renaissance (1544) and leaning, with a newer top.
John Ruskin said about the church:
An interesting building of central Gothic, the best ecclesiastical example of it in Venice. The west entrance is much later than any of the rest, and is of the richest Renaissance Gothic, a little anterior to the Porta della Carta, and first-rate of its kind. The manner of the introduction of the figure of the angel at the top of the arch is full of beauty. Note the extravagant crockets and cusp finials as signs of decline.
The whole of Venice and its Lagoon is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Single RAW image Tonemapped in Photomatix Pro 3.2.
Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)
Lens: Sigma 18-200mm
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