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Le Zitelle (officially Santa Maria della Presentazione) is a church in Venice, Italy. It is part of a former complex which 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.

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

Three bracketed RAWs Tonemapped in Photomatix Pro 4.2.4.

Camera: Sony NEX-7
Lens: Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III VC


Featured in : Christian Churches, Statues & Crosses : 19 Nov 12

Related shots can be found at: Venice or Italy.

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  • Agnes McGuinness
    Agnes McGuinnessabout 2 years ago

    Tom, this is just wonderful, like a renaissance painting. Great work, my friend. x

  • Thank you so much Agnes …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Dlouise
    Dlouiseabout 2 years ago

    What beautiful scenery Tom,,great capture!!

  • Always appreciated, thank you …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownabout 2 years ago

    Superb Tom, looks stunning! Love the warmth & clarity!

  • Thank you my friend …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellabout 2 years ago

    A wonderful building and image Tom x

  • Thank you dear Irene …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Christine Smith
    Christine Smithabout 2 years ago

    Well done Tom. Another stunning image of this beautiful place.

  • Thank you so much Christine …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...about 2 years ago

    Lovely capture and treatment of this lovely building dear Tom.x

  • Thank you dear Catherine …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Albert
    Albertabout 2 years ago


  • Very much appreciated Albert …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Mark Hughes
    Mark Hughesabout 2 years ago

    Great shot Tom.

  • Thank you so much Mark …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeabout 2 years ago

  • Fara
    Faraabout 2 years ago

    I agree with my friend Agnes………………………exquisite work Tom……………………………..x

  • Thank you so much dear Joyce …

    – Tom Gomez

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