The maze in the garden of the monastery of St Giorgio Maggiore in VeniceUnknown places & works
The maze in the garden of the monastery of St Giorgio Maggiore in Venice
Just across from the beautiful St Mark's Square is an island that amazes all visitors for its architectural beauty. It is the Benedictine complex of St Giorgio Maggiore, and according to legend it is the oldest monastery built in the lagoon!
The church and monastery were built in the second half of the 1500s by the famous architect Andrea Palladio and must be seen for all those who love classicism. Also, the outside of the complex deserves a thorough visit, for its cloisters and magnificent garden.
In 2012, to mark the 25th anniversary of the death of the famous Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges, a maze of boxwood bushes in memory of one of his most famous stories - 'The Garden of forking paths' - was created. It was precisely centred on a maze.
One of the most interesting aspects of the maze, which is more than a kilometre in length, is the allusion to Borges's blindness. Blind people can walk along the maze accompanied by a handrail and along the way, there are panels with the story of the Argentine writer transcribed into Braille.
In the cloister there are different objects related to the artist and his works are exhibited: a walking stick, a mirror, an hourglass, a tiger and a huge question mark. In this way we enter physically and metaphorically in the magical world of Borges!
St Giorgio Maggiore island is only accessible by water. Starting from Venice St Lucia or Piazzale Roma train station, the Venice public transport system line 2, will take you to the island in front of St Mark's Square in about 30 minutes!
Venice: Andrea Palladio’s Tablino at the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice
More than simply the rooms where many masterpieces are exhibited, the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice are a work of art on their ow...View
Venice: The 'Naval Battle' by Tintoretto at Doge’s Palace
The ceiling of the Doge's Palace, in addition to being the largest wooden suspended ceiling in the world, is a real trove of painting m...View
Venice: The tomb of Doge Andrea Gritti in the church of San Francesco della Vigna
For the few daring visitors who decide to head to the Castello district, away from the crowds swarming around Piazza San Marco and the ...View
Venice: Doge Pietro Tradonico and the Island of Poveglia in the Venice lagoon
The Island of Poveglia, in the Venice lagoon, is considered by paranormal experts as one of the world’s most haunted places, normally...View
Padua: Donatello’s Altar in the Basilica of St. Anthony in Padua
When visiting the city of Padua a not-to-be-missed monument is the magnificent Basilica dedicated to Saint Anthony of Padua, a Francisc...View
Venice: The Secret Garden of Ca 'Morosini del Giardin in Cannaregio
Unknown places & works
Venice is a magical city for many reasons, amongst them are its many hidden gardens that few are aware of! One of the most secret and f...View