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What happened on April 2 in Venice

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What happened on April 2 in Venice

According to the Venetian Liturgical Calendar, today is St. Francis of Paola’s Day, to whom a Church is dedicated in Castello.

He is the Patron Saint of the Art of Ciovaroli.

In 2021 it’s Good Friday.

The Doge, wearing mourning clothes, attends the function in St Mark with the Signoria, and after lunch the Procession is held with the Blessed Sacrament around the Church.

 

- April 2, 1556: a woman from Santo Stefano gives birth to seven children at one time.

 

- 2 April, 1595: after almost a ten years’ reign and fifteen days of illness Doge Pasquale Cicogna dies at 86, leaving us the stone Rialto bridge and that of Sighs; he was a just and pious man even if he leaves a natural son who will become a monk and then a bishop; the body is placed in the funeral monument of the Jesuit church.

 

- April 2, 1631: after only fifteen months in office, Doge Nicolò Contarini dies of illness at the age of 77; due to the raging plague that devastates Venice, he is buried in Santa Maria Nova without the solemn funeral; in memory of his reign there will be the church of Salute, whose construction had been begun on 25 March 1631, a few days before his death, to propitiate the help of the Virgin against the plague. In the end, the memory of the Doge, called by his papalist opponents 'Contarineto, gran de pevare', is entrusted to a compassion society.

 

- April 2, 1634: Sister Maria Celeste, born Virginia Galilei in Padua, the daughter of Galileo Galilei and Marina Gamba, dies in great serenity; wearing the dress of the Poor Clares, she retires to the convent of Arcetri; being a creature endowed with great courage and noble sentiments, she always remains close to the father whom she comforts in the most difficult period and from the convent she writes over a hundred letters, filled with tenderness, reassuring him that every evening she prays for him at length.

 

- April 2, 1830: Vincenzo Dabalà, known as Manestra, last doge de Nicoloti, dies in Venice, a post that recalled the ancient figure of the tribune of Rivoalto, to console the people excluded from power; the Doge dei Nicolotti is elected by the inhabitants of the district of S. Nicolò dei Mendicoli in the presence of a secretary of the Venetian Senate; he takes an oath on the Gospels, is given the banner with the insignia of St. Nicholas, then he goes to the Doge's Palace to receive the embrace of the true Doge who urges him to be a good father of the community, he can wear sumptuous clothes like a patrician, demand a tax on the boats of his district, keep two fishmongers' stalls in Rialto and St Mark, with the obligation to give 200 mullets to the doge and 2400 to other magistrates for free every year.

 

- April 2, 1849: it is Holy Monday and a very short proclamation appears in each calle: 'Venice will resist the Austrian at all costs'; in Venice everyone understands the message, while 25,000 Austrians prepare for the assault with more than 150 guns that will bomb the City relentlessly.

 

- April 2, 1999: Cavallino and Treporti break away from the Municipality of Venice, and become an independent Municipality.

 

Taken from 'Almanacco di Venezia -1600 anni ab Urbe còndita' by Andrea Gersich and Edoardo Rubini

 

 

Venice, 2nd April 2021

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

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