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The Merchant's School of vine in St Silvestro in Venice

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The Merchant's School of vine in St Silvestro in Venice

Even those who usually do not drink wine on St Silvestro's Eve indulge in a glass of champagne or sparkling wine for the usual toast. It is therefore intriguing that the brotherhood of the Merchants of wine in Venice had its headquarters in the church of St Silvestro, in Venetian called Scuola.
The guild of wine merchants was established in 1505 in the St Silvestro church, close to the shore of the vineyard on the Grand Canal, and some years later the brothers decided to build a real home adjacent to the church. In 1820, the medieval church of St Silvestro was demolished to be rebuilt in a neoclassical style, and the little school was spared and is still standing on the right side of the church building.
The downstairs room is used for religious services of the parish (although the church is currently being restored); the altar was not here originally, but comes from the old St Silvestro church. A stone staircase leads to the upper floor where the Chapter House of the Merchants of wine was located. During the 1800s it became the headquarters for the Mary congregations and was later used as a storeroom; fortunately it was restored at the end of the 1900s and is still used today for other religious functions. There is still the original painted decoration on the ceiling with paintings attributed to Gaspare Diziani (1750) and on the walls the works of art Flemish school from the same period. The altar is from the School of Stone Carvers and in fact the tools of this activity are carved on it.
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