two visits to San Giorgio Maggiore

Tuesday June 7th:
I visited the island of San Giorgio Maggiore and had been in the Basilica di San Giorgio Maggiore the last time I was in Venice but since it was a rainy day and the vaporetto was making a stop there anyways, I decided to visit the island and the church once again and I am really glad I did because of the surprise I found when going inside the church. Not only did I visit the island on Tuesday, but I returned again on Wednesday!

Here are some photos I took Tuesday while on the island.

san giorgio maggiore rain

When I walked inside the church, this is what I found…

It is called Ascension and was created by Anish Kapoor. Not something you find every day in a church! Not thinking, I took the video sideways. I don’t know how many times I have done this now, but it has been a lot! I went back the following day to take another video the correct way but the Acension was not working properly while I was there. Fortunately, I found out when I got home that iMovie allows you to rotate the video.

There was a girl sitting at a table near the door with information about this exhibit. She also told me that there were two more exhibits on the island. The first was called Real Venice and the second was called Penelope’s Labour – Weaving Words and Images.

So out of the church I went to find these two exhibits. They were both located to the left of the church down by where many of the boats are docked.

real venice penelope.jpg

The Real Venice exhibit was one of my favorite exhibits I visited while in Venice this year. There were some amazing photographs. I spend quite a bit of time enjoying them. Unfortunately, I probably spent a bit too much time in this exhibit because when I continued on, following the little arrows, I arrived at the Penelope’s Labour exhibit too late. It just closed for the day. No big deal though. That was the main reason I returned to the island the following day. That also meant I was able to spend a little more time in the Real Venice exhibit again since I was back on the island.

The views from the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore are pretty cool. Here are a few photos I took Tuesday afternoon.



Wednesday June 8th:
Finally, a beautiful sunny day!! I will write more about Wednesday in my next post but am sharing this part of my day now because I wanted to keep all my San Giorgio Maggoire photos together in one post. This also shows the dramatic difference between a rainy/cloudy and and a beautiful sunny day in Venice.


As I mentioned above, I returned to the island of San Giorgio Maggiore on Wednesday because I wanted to check out the Penelope’s Labour exhibit. It was a very interesting exhibit and I enjoyed it quite a bit.

I thought about going up to the top of the campanile (bell tower) while I was there but I was not sure if Sandra wanted to do this. She was arriving later in the day and would be in Venice with me for 4 days. I had been up to the top of the bell tower during my last visit to Venice. It is a lift tower so it doesn’t really count so much in my quest to climb as many towers as possible while in Italy.

Below are a few photos I took Wednesday while on the island.


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