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The Archangels in the Jesuit church in Venice

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The Archangels in the Jesuit church in Venice

In the heart of Cannaregio in Venice, there is a beautiful 18th century church, built by the Jesuits in 1729 and dedicated to the Assumption. Inside there are many works of art (including a fantastic painting by Tiziano Vecellio), but it is also one of the few churches in the world where the six archangels are represented.

Usually the archangels are Gabriele, Michele and Raffaele, but here there are the statues another three. On either side of the high altar there are Uriel (the guardian of the gates of Heaven) and Barachiele (the archangel of divine goodness) to the four corners of the transept there are four other statues (like the previous work of Giuseppe Torretto): Michele (Prince of the heavenly hosts), Raffaele (the heavenly messenger), Gabriele (the patron of travellers) and Sealtiele (the archangel of temperance).

The other 4 archangels (missing here is Jehudiele, the praise of God) are not explicitly mentioned in the Bible but are found in the Apocalypse and in the book of Tobia. The Jesuits, the great scholars of the Holy Scriptures who were in close contact with the rabbis of the nearby Ghetto, wanted to put all the Archangels to guard and protect their Church.

Today "the other Archangels" are analysed by all those involved in the study of the Kabbalah and esoteric sciences.

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

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