Venice Sunset

Towards the Basilica Santa Maria della Salute in Venice, taken from along the Giudecca Canal.

The Basilica was built in 1631 to give thanks to the Virgin Mary for the lives spared during a plague the year before which killed more than 50,000 people, more than a third of the city’s population. Gratitude was relative during the Renaissance.

I’ve visited the Basilica several times but my first memory stands out, from a late November afternoon about a dozen years ago, when killing about seven hours in transit. I was lured in by the faint sounds of violins that hitched a ride on a breeze cutting through the slight chill. Inside, about a dozen people sat in a section of pews towards to back of the basilica where a group was playing familiar melodies that were nonetheless a discovery. Through the windows, the hues of sunset, first yellow, then gold and finally orange.

Across the Guidecca, thousands of tourists and day trippers were working their way home from their pilgrimages to San Marco Square. Here, under the shrouded hum of finely tuned strings and just a half mile from that chaos, everything was in perfect order.


Today’s Pic du Jour, the site’s 1,253rd straight (!), was snapped on 26 May 2017 in Venice, Italy.


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