Giorgio Cini Foundation

Joseph Mallord William Turner, Venice: San Giorgio Maggiore - Early Morning, 1819, Tate Collection

Venice: San Giorgio Maggiore – Early Morning by Joseph Mallord William Turner | CC BY-NC-ND 3.0

 

The magnificent Giorgio Cini Foundation on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore will be the site of the summit.

History

The ex Benedictine Monastery of San Giorgio Maggiore is a historical site of great architectural and artistic prestige, thanks to the presence of works by the great 16th and 17th-century Italian Masters.

The monumental complex’s oldest section dates to the early 16th century and features the Manica Lunga, the former dormitory for the Benedictine monks, and the Cypress Cloister. Both are splendid examples of Renaissance architecture by Giovanni and Andrea Buora.

The second important development of the architecture of San Giorgio Maggiore was by Andrea Palladio starting in 1560. He built the Church of San Giorgio, the Palladian Cloister (completed after his death), and the Palladian Cenacle where Paolo Veronese painted The Wedding at Cana, an artwork recently returned – in facsimile – to its original location.

Baldassarre Longhena completed the majestic monumental complex with two Baroque interventions: the grand staircase completed in 1645 which gave access to the abbots’ lodging, and the Library completed in 1671 which occupies the entire length of the upper wing shared by the two cloisters. Its magnificent wooden bookcases were designed by Franz Pauc.

The San Giorgio Maggiore monumental complex also has the largest private park in the city of Venice, where the Teatro Verde is located.

Guided tours

The Giorgio Cini Foundation monumental complex is open to visitors through guided tours.

 

 

 

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