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The chapel of Saint Lucia in the Church of St. Jeremiah in Venice

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The chapel of Saint Lucia in the Church of St. Jeremiah in Venice

In many parts of the world, December 13th, the shortest day of the year, is dedicated to the celebration of the feast of Saint Lucia.

Her relics arrived in Venice in 1204 with the spoils of the Fourth Crusade. They rested for a long time in the church until, in 1845, the Royal Imperial Hapsburg Government decided to demolish it to make way for the construction of the railway station which, indeed, is called Saint Lucia.

When the Church of Saint Lucia was demolished, a new 'home' for the remains of the Syracuse-hailed Saint had to be found: the final choice fell on the nearby church of St. Jeremiah.

The main chapel or Mocenigo, designed by Andrea Palladio in 1575, where the Saint’s relics were preserved for centuries, was dismantled piece by piece and reassembled in the church of St. Jeremiah, on the side facing the Grand Canal, replacing one of the entrances.

During the First World War, on the side overlooking the Grand Canal, a writing to invoke the protection of the Saint was added:

VIRGIN LUCIA FROM SIRACUSA MARTYR OF CHRIST

RESTS IN THIS TEMPLE

BEGGING ITALY AND THE WORLD FOR PEACE AND LIGHT

The Church of St. Jeremiah is in the Cannaregio district, a short distance from the Venice Saint Lucia railway station... It can be easily reached on foot or by public transport, enjoying the splendid views along the Grand Canal!

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

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