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The 'cheerful' nuns of Sant'Angelo della Polvere in Venice lagoon

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The 'cheerful' nuns of Sant'Angelo della Polvere in Venice lagoon

Around Venice there are many islands, once the headquarters of convents and monasteries, but now abandoned and dotted with ruins surrounded by vegetation.

Among these islands in the lagoon there is one that has a very particular history: Sant'Angelo della Polvere. Its name is due to the fact that from the middle of the 16th century it was used as a powder magazine by the Republic of Venice, until there was a terrible explosion which destroyed every building on the island. Before becoming a military site, there was a monastery here of the order of Sisters of the Converted, which were denounced by the wives of fishermen on the islands of Pellestrina and Malamocco. The husbands would always stop on the island of St. Angelo, returning home with little money, since the nuns, who lived in isolation and with few resources, 'offered their thanks' to the fishermen in exchange for money or food.

When the religious authorities knew of the 'filfthy market', they immediately sent prelates to the 'Island with the task of transferring the nuns to another convent in Venice, but they were driven away with stones, henceforth soldiers were sent to pick up the women, who finally left the island, much to the regret of all fishermen in the lagoon of Venice.

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

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