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San Lazzaro degli Armeni

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Address: Isola di San Lazzaro degli Armeni, 30126 Venice, Italy
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Not easy to get to but worth the vaporetto wait & trip

Walk through the monastery and inner courtyard, historic paintings and Armenian texts show how monks survived on this island and tried to keep their culture & beliefs alive.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 October 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Walk through the monastery and inner courtyard, historic paintings and Armenian texts show how monks survived on this island and tried to keep their culture & beliefs alive.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

I arrived shorthly after 12 o'clock with another 2 tourists. Unfortunately, as soon as vaporetto has left, we discovered that we were "caught" ... The monastery was closed. The information stand near with it's entrance stated, that the only one tour would be performed at 15:25. Unfortunately this information is nowhere at the vaporetto station in Venice. And nowhere in... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

We went over to explore this little island at around 1pm, only to find the only tour was at 3.25pm. So we thought we would have a walk around, but it's all gated off and you can only walk around a tiny part. We then found that the next boat back was 1 hour and 20 mins time. So a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

In order to reach this tiny island, you have to take the 3:10 pm vaporetto at San Zaccharia, right in front of the Londra Palace, a few steps away from the famous Danieli Hotel. For the return to Venice, the vaporetto picks up the visitors at 5:25, just after the guided visit has ended. After a small ride in the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

You don't need to be Armenian ( like myself in this case) to visit this beautiful island which also covers great part of the Armenian history. Don't we learn about all other nations ? San Lazzaro deli Armeni just like most island in Venice is a beautiful island. I have visited 20 years ago and glad I returned this time... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

This was a great activity. The island is so beautiful with its garden and the monetary. Our guide was amazing, great level on knowledge.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

San Lazzaro is a beautiful little island inhabited by around 30 Armenians Catholic priests; nice afternoon trip away from the crowds of Venice and a chance to hear some history, see some priceless artwork up close, and enjoy the beautiful landscape. Only one tour a day at 3:30 so plan ahead

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2016

Not somewhere to go on your first visit to Venice unless you are Armenian. It is a few yards from the lido but access for a tour of the monastery is only by vaporetto number 20 from landing stage B at San Zaccaria at 15.10. Each tour is divided into different language groups and conducted by one of the monks.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

Such a great experience. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and provided many amazing historic facts about this Armenian monistary that we never knew. Don't miss a short trip to the island using a water bus. You will be amazed by all the treasures.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2016

How interesting, to learn about the Armenians here. The Church is very interesting, but I was astounded at their varied collection of historical items- paintings, books, glassware, clothing, and the most unexpected- a complete Egyptian mummy in the heavily beaded sarcophagus...I have never seen the skull coming out the top, and the feet sticking out the bottom! I really did... More 

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