Hidden treasures

The Library of the Island of San Lazzaro degli Armeni in the Venice lagoon

Unknown places & works
Biblioteca_S_Lazzaro

The Library of the Island of San Lazzaro degli Armeni in the Venice lagoon

The island of San Lazzaro degli Armeni in the Venice lagoon is a fascinating place and rich in history.

In 1717 the Republic of Venice allowed a group of Armenian monks, fleeing from Greece guided by the Abbot Mechitar, to occupy the monastery on the small island of San Lazzaro, abandoned for many years. The monks restored the buildings and founded a printing press to spread the Armenian language and culture, and later they also created a library .

The Library of the Armenians is composed of many halls, which contain about 170,000 volumes, 4,500 of which are manuscripts (one dating back to the 6th century A.D.).

The hall where the most precious manuscripts are kept is in a controlled atmosphere and has a circular shape, so that anyone standing in the middle of the hall talking in a loud voice, can distinctly hear the echo of his words as if he were in a confined space.

Many legends exist about this mystical and rather sinister place, including one in particular, which claims that one of the volumes is bound in human skin.

The island is open to visitors every day, and an Armenian monk will guide you to discover its treasures.

The island of San Lazzaro degli Armeni can be easily reached by public transport from Venice, water bus - line 20 departing from San Marco to San Zaccaria. Buy the ticket that best suits your needs and immerse yourself in the charm of this extraordinary island in the Venetian Lagoon!

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

Latest posts

Campagna Lupia: The birth of glass between history and legends

vetro
Historical Curiosities

Glass is an item we use on a daily basis: we drink from a glass, we protect ourselves at home and in our cars thanks to glass windows, ...

View

Venice: The stone heart of St Mark’s Basilica

cuore-erizzo
Unknown places & works

If you are visiting St Mark’s Basilica and have just abandoned the wonderful vision of the Pala d'Oro (which is a must-see), just a f...

View

Venice: Map of Venice, what to know before you leave

mappa-venezia
Did you know that...

Did you know that Venice is not a single large island but rather a collection of 117 small islands linked together by over 400 bridges?...

View

Venice: What to see in the island of Burano

burano
Unknown places & works

The island of Burano is really a sight to behold and a great emotion for your heart: every year thousands of tourists venture into our ...

View

Top posts

Padua: Why do people say ‘Rimanere in braghe di tela?’

pietra-del-vituperio
Historical Curiosities

Have you ever wondered where the popular expression ‘Rimanere in mutande’ o ‘Rimanere in braghe di tela’ comes from? It is a wa...

View

Verona: The roman walls of Verona

porta-borsari
Historical Curiosities

Verona has always been considered a city of considerable importance from a military point of view: being at the mouth of the Adige Vall...

View

Venice: The Last Supper by Veronese at the Gallerie dell'Accademia

ultima-cena-veronese
Historical Curiosities

The twelve rooms of the Gallerie dell'Accademia host many works of art from the Veneto Region and the city of Venice made by renowned a...

View

Belluno: The mystery of the Pietrificatore from Sospirolo

pietrificatore
Mysteries & Legends

Nestled inside the Dolomiti National Park, in the province of Belluno lies the small village of Sospirolo. A peculiar man was born here...

View