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The other Ponte di Rialto shrine

San Marco, Ponte di Rialto

Oops! Sorry guys, I was wrong. There's not another Annunciation but there is an Assunta! I messed up when translating one of my books but found another (in English) that identified this relief as an Assumption scene.

There are two shrines on the Rialto bridge - one on the San Polo side and this one on the San Marco side. Mary is being lifted up to Heaven by the crowd of cherubs below.

San Marco, Ponte di Rialto

The wine bar next to this shrine is a fun place to sit and watch all the traffic on the Grand Canal. A photo of this bar was posted all over the Internet after the especially high acqua alta of December 2008. My photo shows it dry; click through for the wet view.

San Marco, Ponte di Rialto


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Comments (6)

Your photographs are very well done. I envy you your trips to Italy. I don't blame you for skipping PH this week. I almost did myself. Happy weekend.

Thanks Carver. After looking at yours, I realized that I could have come up with something. Oh well...hope to be back next weekend!

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Annie, your photos of this Assunta is very beautiful. I missed taking a photo of this side of the bridge so am thankful to see it here on your blog. Very cool. That's a cute photo of those guys in high water. If you can't control it, might as well enjoy yourself. :)

Have a great weekend!


Hi Annie! What a sweet Assumption -- far more dignified than the nutty painting in Parma's Duomo! (Which makes it look as if Mary were being vacuumed up into Heaven) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parma_Cathedral

I love the photos of the cafe during aqua alta!

Kathy, I agree. Those guys are making the best of it, aren't they?!

Sandra, every time I see a pic of that Parma Assumption, it cracks me up. It's just so wrong the way her legs are dangling!

A great set of photos :-)

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