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Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore is a Benedictine abbey church located on the island of San Giorgio. It was built according to the design of the outstanding Italian architect, Andrea Palladio in 1566-1610 and is considered one of the most beautiful sacral buildings in the city. The Renaissance church was erected on a Latin cross and decorated with a white marble facade. In the interior you can admire two large paintings of the famous Venetian painter Jacopo Tintoretto: "Last Supper" and "Mannequin in the Desert" and works by Sebastiano Ricci and Jacopo Bassano.
The Benedictines came to the island in 982 and founded a monastery that was one of the most important centers of this Order in Italy. At the beginning of the nineteenth century, the building was almost completely destroyed by the Napoleonic army and in 1806 the monks were forced to leave the island of San Giorgio.