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What happened on March 12 in Venice

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What happened on March 12 in Venice

According to the Venetian Liturgical Calendar, today is Spirito Santo Day, of which there is a deconsecrated Church in Dorsoduro and a demolished one in the island of the same name, Santa Maria dell'Umiltà, a Church now demolished and San Gregorio, of which there is a deconsecrated Church also in Dorsoduro.

It’s Palace Feast Day

 

- March 12, 1685: the Republic of Venice appoints the Franciscan Father Vincenzo Coronelli 'Cosmographer of the Serenissima Republic'. Following this assignment, he created the first world atlas in Italy (in 13 volumes).

 

- March 12, 1171: despite the intervention of the ambassadors Sebastiano Ziani and Aurio Malipiero, the emperor Manuele Comneno orders that Venetians be imprisoned throughout the Byzantine empire and their belongings confiscated. In Constantinople arrests number up to ten thousand, in Venice the news is greeted with fury and everywhere people shout: 'War! War!'; with great patriotic impetus, the people offer the state the money destined for the armament of the fleet, then to control the donations the Camera degli Imprestidi is created, the first bank established in Europe for the issuing of state bonds: each citizen will pay one percent of the capital owned, but the government vows to pay an annual interest of four percent. We are at the dawn of the 4th Crusade.

 

- March 12, 1857: Verdi's opera 'Simon Boccanegra' premieres at the Fenice.

 

 

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

 

Venice, 12th March 2021

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

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