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Isola di San Michele

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Subject: Sergei Diaghilev, Catherine Bagration, Cannaregio, Frederick Rolfe, Olga Rudge
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Isola di San Michele

Isola di San Michele
The island viewed from a vaporetto
Isola di San Michele is located in Venetian Lagoon
Location in the Venetian Lagoon
Adjacent bodies of water Venetian Lagoon
Region Veneto
Province Province of Venice

San Michele is an island in the Venetian Lagoon, northern Italy. It is associated with the sestiere of Cannaregio, from which it lies a short distance northeast.


  • History 1
  • Today 2
  • Gallery 3
  • References 4


Along with neighbouring San Cristoforo della Pace, the island was a popular place for local travellers and fishermen to land. Mauro Codussi's Chiesa di San Michele in Isola of 1469, the first Renaissance church in Venice, and a monastery lie on the island, which also served for a time as a prison.

San Cristoforo was selected to become a cemetery in 1807, designed by Gian Antonio Selva, when under French occupation it was decreed that burial on the mainland (or on the main Venetian islands) was unsanitary. The canal that separated the two islands was filled in during 1836, and subsequently the larger island became known as San Michele. Bodies were carried to the island on special funeral gondolas. Among those buried there are Igor Stravinsky, Joseph Brodsky, Jean Schlumberger, Christian Doppler, Frederick Rolfe, Horatio Brown, Sergei Diaghilev, Ezra Pound, Luigi Nono, Catherine Bagration, Franco Basaglia, Zoran Mušič, Helenio Herrera, Emilio Vedova, and Salvador de Iturbide y Marzán. The cemetery is still in use today.


The cemetery contains 7 war graves from World War I of officers and seaman of the British merchant and Royal Navy.[1]

Aspasia Manos was initially interred at the cemetery of Isola di San Michele. Her remains were later transferred to the Royal Cemetery Plot in the park of Tatoi Palace.

Other attractions include the Cappella Emiliana chapel.



  1. ^ [2] CWGC Cemetery Report.
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