Church of the Zitelle (St Maria della Presentazione)
The church was built between 1581 and 1588. Andrea Palladio is the supposed architect, because of style and typical features present in the church’s structure, but there is no documentation attesting to it.
The complex was created by the Jesuit Benedetto Palmi to help girls living in poverty
Documentation from1575-1576 does show the purchase of building materials perhaps destined toward the building of the church.
The original idea could have been that of a central dome like a memorial temple but which then got changed through lack of finances. Limited space was another problem because the church needed to be built within the walls of the ‘casa delle zitelle’ i.e. the unmarried womens’ home. The home was begun in 1561 by Venetian noble women for young girls who had been used for prostitution.
Address: Fondamenta delle Zitelle, 32 Giudecca cap 30133 -Venezia
Boat line Actv: boat stop Zitelle
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