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San Lazzaro degli Armeni

The island of San Lazzaro degli Armeni (Italian for "St. Lazarus of the Armenians") is located in the Venetian Lagoon, within easy rowing distance of the Lido di Venezia. It's named after the patron saint of lepers, who were confined to the island from the 12th to the 16th Centuries.

Since the early 1700s, San Lazzaro has been a sanctuary and monastery for an Armenian religious order. Over the last 300 years, the monks have enlarged the island, restored the lepers' church, and built a monastery with a modern air-conditioned library and archive.

For more about the monastery (including visitor information), read our illustrated two-page San Lazzaro degli Armeni article. In the meantime, here are two satellite images that will introduce you to the island:

  • Photo 1 shows the island's location in the Venetian Lagoon. San Lazzaro is near the bottom of the frame, just to the west of the Lido. Venice's historic center is in the upper left; the No. 20 water bus or vaporetto runs between San Zaccaria (just to the east of the Piazza San Marco) and San Lazzarro degli Armini.

  • Photo 2 is a close-up of the island, with the vaporetto landing on the left. As you can see, the island is quite small, and it's only a short walk from the boat pier to the monastery.

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