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San Giorgio Maggiore Basilica by Tom Gomez

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The Church of San Giorgio Maggiore is a basilica in Venice, Italy designed by Andrea Palladio and located on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore. Facing the Bacino di San Marco, the church plays a central role in the panorama from the Piazzetta.

The first church dedicated to Saint George dates to the 8-9th century. The Benedictine Monastery of San Giorgio was established in 982, when the doge Tribuno Memmo donated the whole island to a monk, Giovanni Morosini. The monks drained the island’s marshes next to the church to get the ground for building.

The present church was begun in 1566, and was not entirely finished before the death of Palladio in 1580. The façade was continued by Vincenzo Scamozzi based on the original architect’s designs and completed in 1610. The church, sometimes designated as a basilica, is a prime example of Palladio’s architectural style, and one of the finest churches he designed. The bell tower, first built in 1467, fell in 1774; the reconstruction was completed in 1791. The Benedictine monks still officiate in the church.

(Information supplied by Wikipedia).

The whole of Venice and its Lagoon is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Single RAW image Tonemapped in Photomatix Pro 3.2.9.

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)
Lens: Sigma 18-200mm


Related shots can be found at: Venice or Italy.

Featured in : Religious Architecture : 4 Jul 10
Featured in : Christian Churches, Statues & Crosses : 4 Mar 12

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  • MichelleR
    MichelleRover 4 years ago

    Beautiful. It looks like a painting. Nice job.

  • Thank you kindly dear Michelle …

    – Tom Gomez

  • foppe47
    foppe47over 4 years ago

    Clarity.. view.. sharpness, all spot on

  • Very much appreciated Foppe …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Agnes McGuinness
    Agnes McGuinnessover 4 years ago

    Stunning work, Tom. And great atmosphere. Beautiful! Agnes xx

  • Thank you so much Agnes …

    – Tom Gomez

  • JacquiK
    JacquiKover 4 years ago

    Beautiful image Tom.

  • Thank you dear Jacqui …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragherover 4 years ago

    lovely shot

  • Cheers Sean …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Peter Lusby Taylor
    Peter Lusby Ta...over 4 years ago

    stunning sky and it certainly looks like a renaissance painting..

  • Cheers Peter, glad you like it my friend …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Brenda Dow
    Brenda Dowover 4 years ago

    I would say this has wonderful POV….. and the color you have presented in such a grand way….. lovely the way the white front stand out…. and the sky line is beautiful…. i like this Tommy….. great capture!!! Jz

  • Thank you kindly dear Jz. Venice has so many wonderful buildings, many of them are churches, it is a photographers dream location …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Barbara Manis
    Barbara Manisover 4 years ago

    Very beautiful capture, Tom!

  • Thank you so much dear Barbara …

    – Tom Gomez

  • John44
    John44over 4 years ago

    What a glorious capture Tom

  • Thank you kindly John my friend …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...over 4 years ago

    what a magnificent building dear Tom, and you have captured it beautifully.x

  • Thank you so much dear Catherine …

    – Tom Gomez

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