Festa del Redentore in Venice

Festa del Redentore in Venice

The "Festa del Redentore" was born in the sixteenth century as a celebration of the end of a devastating plague that decimated the population all over Europe.

Were more than 50,000 casualties among the population so that the Doge Alvise Mocenigo vowed to build a temple in thanksgiving to the redeemer.

The church, designed by Palladio, dominates the landscape of the Jewish and turns out to be an example of Renaissance architecture. The island of Giudecca in Venice is united by a bridge of floating platforms. The bridge ends symbolically in front of the facade of the church of the Redeemer.

Today, the Festival of the Redeemer is certainly the most important moment for the city of Venice and its inhabitants, who gather on the shore of the Jewish and St. Mark's Basin with many boats festooned with lights waiting for the traditional fireworks.

In the meantime many foods are consumed and especially the traditional Venetian dishes such as pasta and beans, sardines in sauce, and wine. the scenario that we see during the fireworks show is superb: venice dresses up celebrating itself through a ritual that is always the same from 21 July 1578.

At the end of the fireworks all boats run through spontaneous parade in the canal or reach the shore to wait for the sunrise on the beach as tradition dictates. The next day is the time of the religious celebrations in the church of the Redeemer and rowing competitions that always accompany this day.