San Lazzaro degli Armeni Monastery

A photo essay


While I was in Venice last year, I visited San Lazzaro degli Armeni, a working Armenian monastery on the tiny San Lazzaro island in the Venetian lagoon.

Inner courtyeard

The monastery was founded by Mkhitar, an Armenian Catholic monk who fled from Turkish persecution in 1710s to Venice. In 1717, the ruling council of Venice gave the former leper colony on the island of San Lazzaro to Mkhitar. Mkhitar and fellow members of his order built a monastery and rebuilt an old church.  At its height, San Lazzaro housed almost 100 monks of the Mekharist order, though today there are fewer than five who live there full time.

So many people asked me about my visit to San Lazzaro that I decided to make a website. Enjoy! Email me at if you have any comments or have some pictures to share.

        - Alex

View from the dock. No, i did not come in on that boat.

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