A gem reopens to the public
|Scuola Grande di San Marco|
The façade of the Scuola Grande di San Marco is one of the most beautiful in Venice, especially when it is set against an Italian blue sky. However, for almost 200 years, the building itself has been part of the main city hospital and, unless one was in need of medical help, there was no other reason to step inside. All this changed on November 21st, 2013, when, after a long period of restoration, the Sala Biblioteca San Marco finally reopened to the public.
|Biblioteca San Marco|
The walls are lined with bookcases and there are display cabinets in the centre of the room, which are full of medical texts and equipment, many of which are not for the faint hearted.
The Sala dell'Albergo is a much smaller room, which was used by the Board of the Scuola for its meetings. The walls are lined with copies of the paintings that once hung here, but which can now be found in galleries in Venice and beyond.
The Sala Biblioteca is open 09.30-13.00/14.00-17.00 and entrance is (so far) free.