Monday, April 28, 2014

The Gesuati

Santa Maria del Rosario, St Mary of the Rosary, Fondamenta delle Zattere ai Gesuati, Venice
Santa Maria del Rosario (St Mary of the Rosary), commonly known as I Gesuati,
Fondamenta delle Zattere ai Gesuati, Dorsoduro
Venice, September 2013

“Monks from Siena from the order of The Blessed Giovanni Colombino established themselves here in 1392. In 1423 they built an oratory and cloister dedicated to Saint Jerome. (They had previously occupied the nearby church of Sant’Agnese.) A proper church and monastery were built here by the Poor Gesuati order (as they now called themselves) from 1494, consecrated 1524 and dedicated to Our Lady of the Visitation. The order was suppressed in 1668 and in 1669 the Dominicans bought the place and got Giorgio Massari to build the present, much larger, church, beginning work in 1726, to the east of the old church, and finishing it in 1743.”
(Gesuati, The Churches of Venice)

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