Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Venice from the air

One sees many famous images of Venice but only the brave witness it from the air.

My Australian climbed to the top of San Giorgio to capture the city spread far below.

Having never been there, the thing that strikes me immediately is the immensity of the city! I always assumed it was small but here it is, a bustling seaport spread out through so much water. No wonder it is a popular cruise destination!

Below is the roof of San Giorgio. More on what that silver tube is in tomorrow's post!

Looking up, high into the bell tower.

And from the ground, here is the front facade of the church of San Giorgio Maggiore designed by my favorite architect, Andrea Palladio and built between 1566 and 1610. Awe-inspiringly stunning.

You recognize St. Mark's square above, across the water, with the familiar Doge's Palace.I had no idea the waterways were so large nor so busy!


Francine Gardner said...

I have never seen Venice from such height. The architecture becomes more alive and in context.

pve design said...

I have been twice in my life and loved it both times.
It is an amazing city perched high above or in a gondola.

Dear Polia said...

Wow! Great, great pictures! Thank you for sharing them!

VictoriaArt said...

What a beautiful sight! I remember Venice from a year ago, and, like you, we were stunned by the enormous ships coming into the harbor. The city is a dream!
Enjoy everything!

Terry said...

Thanks, it's great that with all the pictures, videos, movies, and paintings, there are still many thousands of views that would take us by surprise.

Mark D. Ruffner said...

Like you, I've never been conscious that the waterways of Venice were so wide. And like you, too, I admire the work of Paladio — you can't beat him for proportion!

David Toms said...

I have the misfortune of being partnered with someone who adores climbing towers and such like this. I say misfortune as I am afraid of heights and he drags me up kicking and screaming! However I must say once at the top I can appreciate the view. So it was in Venice!

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great scene~ i wanna go there someday :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for bringing it all back in my mind! Yes, those waterways are busy ~ for the Grand Canal, picture Main Street. I will always love it. A city of such transcending beauty -- of expansive vistas -- of incandescent architecture . . . but an intimate home at the same time.

Paulcolfer said...

Wow Venice is looking really amazing from that height there. Do you know anything about the sinking of Venice and how they are solving it? On my blog I have a sort article on it as I'm considering doing a position paper on it. Here is my link colfer-architecture.blogspot.com