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The Golden Pall at the San Salvador Church in Venice

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The Golden Pall at the San Salvador Church in Venice

From Easter Sunday visitors will be able to admire for a week a hidden treasure of Venice goldsmith's art in the heart of St Mark's sestiere in Venice: the Golden Pall of the San Salvador Church.

It is shown to the public only three times a year, whilst at other times the altar is decorated with Tiziano Vecellio's Trasfiguration painting.

The Golden Pall is made up of five sections decorated with small silver rhombus shaped strips containing several figurines with golden decorative elements, such as auras and garments.

The Golden Pall was built between the middle of the 14th century and the beginning of the 15th century and presents a complex figurative system that follows a precise theological order. The Golden Pall depicts the Transfiguration - the celebration the church is dedicated to – as well as saints from the Venice tradition, martyrs, prophets, the person who commissioned it – and who paid the last phases of the work - the monastery's prior and Jesus himself.

For the opening of the Golden pall, the Parish of San Salvador will organize free guided visits… Don't miss this chance!

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

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