Torcello Island

In this chapter we discuss one of the most ancient, glorious and characteristic islands of the Venetian lagoon, the Torcello Island.

The Torcello Island, founded between the fifth and sixth centuries, is currently the sleeping beauty of the lagoon but, at one time, it developed into a flourishing colony with palaces and churches. With the rise of Venice, however, the only one began its decline to become what it is today, or a quiet place in which stands a beautiful Byzantine cathedral.

The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta was founded in 639 and, despite numerous renovations, still evokes the Byzantine solemnity. Its pearls are two mosaics: one, from the thirteenth century on the apse, which depicts the Virgin and, the other, which depicts the last supper in which the damned look more alive than the saints.

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