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PATRON SAINT OF PHOTOGRAPHERS

Venice is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world. From its beginnings 1500 years ago as a loose federation of scattered villages, its population increased, and a network of canals were created. The city emerged as the watery maze we know today, best described by architect-urban planner Le Corbusier as a "a perfect cardiac system!"

The City on the Lagoon is unique for its canals that serve as streets, its bridges as crosswalks, and the Grand Canal, wider and longer than any of the other canals, as the main boulevard. Plying its “streets” are the gondolas, small barges, power boats, water taxis, and, in the case of its main boulevard, water busses or “vaporetti.” The Grand Canal, a serpentine waterway resembling a backwards letter “S,” has a length of approximately 5 km (3 miles). For those who have not visited this magnificent city before, but will have an opportunity in the future, I recommend taking a public waterbus, a vaporetto, through the Grand Canal and even circumnavigating the city to get a good lay of the land. But even before that, I suggest a glance at the map-like areal shot submitted by Massimiliano Raineri.

I was envious of my TE-friends who were able to descend on this extraordinarily photogenic city, in order to attend the meeting and to do a group photoshoot. I took this photograph eight months ago while the vaporetto on which I was riding gently approached a curve where the Church of Santi Geremia e Lucia came into view. An inscription on a large wall visible from the canal explains that the church is the site for the remains of Santa Lucia, moved when the nearby church of Santa Lucia — designed by Palladio — was torn down in 1863 to make way for the building of the railroad station (appropriately named “Santa Lucia). One of the most venerated of saints, St. Lucy is the patron saint of eyesight, the blind, lucidity; and she is also the patron saint of photographers. She had originally hailed from Syracuse on Sicily, but her body was stolen in 1039 and removed to Constantinople (modern Istanbul). Then in 1204 it was stolen by Dodge Dandolo (who was ironically half-blind himself) and brought to Venice.

I dedicate this image to the TE members who visited Venice last week, and especially to Paolo Luigi Germano and Renzo Bonan who organized the landmark meeting. I am also hanging the image on the walls of my theme gallery, Life on the Venetian Canals.

This image will be placed in a new group theme, DOMES. I Welcome others to contribute.

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