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San Michele - Protestant Cemetery

from: Fisheye Venice


San Michele's Evangelical or Protestant Cemetery is separated by walls from the Catholic sections (as is an Orthodox cemetery where Greek and Russian Orthodox dead are buried). It feels a bit like an old English churchyard with its worn headstones, broken tombs, and neglected graves. Celebrities in this section of the cemetery include Ezra Pound and Joseph Brodsky.

Note: Jewish burials normally take place on the Lido, the narrow strip of land that separates the Venetian Lagoon from the Adriatic Sea. Jews have been buried on the Lido since 1386, as you'll learn from a New York Times article about the old Jewish cemetery. See our Venetian Ghetto article for more information on Venice's Jewish history, the Museo Ebraico, and a kosher restaurant.

Also see:
Aerial Venice