Weekly Photo Challenge: Let There Be Light! – at the Armenian Monastery

Venetian Lagoon at Sunset from San Lazzaro Island
Venetian Lagoon at Sunset from San Lazzaro Island

Location: San Lazzaro degli Armeni is a small island in the Venetian Lagoon, lying between Venice and the Lido of Venice. Formerly a leprosarium, it received its name from St. Lazarus, the patron saint of lepers. Now it is one of the world’s foremost centers of Armenian culture, it hosts an Armenian Catholic monastery that is the headquarters of the Mechitarist Order since 1717.

What to shot: The Monastery itself offers plenty of photographic opportunities, both outside and inside its walls. You may wander through the Monastery’s garden for as long as you want, with almost no one getting in your way, and that is a great opportunity to practice taking photos from different angles. Tripod is allowed outside. Internal areas are accessible buying a ticket that include a guided tour of the monastery, through the monks’ rooms, a 150,000 ancient volumes library, as well as a museum with thousands of Armenian, Arab, Indian and Egyptian artifacts, collected by the monks.Moreover, being on this small island will offer you one of the most spectacular and original view of the Venetian Lagoon.

Ideal time to shot: Sunset and the blue hour (just after the sun goes beyond the horizon). If you are planning to take the guided tour of the Monastery refer to the Venice Tourist Board’s website.

Gear: Prime and bright zoom lenses will be good for internal shots; wide angle and a tripod would be a perfect option for the outside.

How to get there: With the local public transport, waterbus n.20 from san Zaccaria, next to St. Mark square.

Coordinates: 45.411979°N 12.361422°E


18 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Let There Be Light! – at the Armenian Monastery

  1. Wow. It might sound funny, but this brought a tear to my eye. I love Venice; it speaks to my soul. Seeing it from a new angle really makes my day. Thanks for this beautiful post!

    1. Thanks to you jodrag! I’m really happy to hear you appreciate the content of this post. In fact, this blog aim is to share my fascination with my beautiful city and to provide some useful piece of information to any photographer or photography lover that wish to come to this peculiar island and have fun trying to capture its authentic beauty through a lens. I know that’s not easy at all when you are visiting a new place, so I hope this blog could help!
      Ps: Hope you could really visit soon this “not so small” island!

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