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Scuola di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni, Castello, Venice

3259/a Castello
Calle dei Furlani
Italy 30122
Tel: 39 041 522 8828's insider take:

One of the most charming—and unsung—Venice attractions is the Scuola di San Giorgio. Scuole (schools) were charitable institutions, set up by trades or communities between the 13th and late 19th centuries to provide dowries and educations for poor children; as these organizations grew richer, they displayed their wealthy benevolence with impressive meeting places (the Tintorettos in the Scuola Grande di San Rocco are one example). The Scuola di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni (schiavoni are Slavs, of which there were many in Venice) got Vittore Carpaccio to daub their meeting-house walls with scenes from the lives of Slavic saints: Jerome, George, and Tryphone.

Open Tues–Sat 9:30–12:30 and 3:30–6:30, Sun 9:30–12:30, April–Oct; Tues–Sat 10–12:30 and 3–6, Sun 10–12:30, Nov–March

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