Just yesterday, I learned that the long-closed church of San Lorenzo has reopened! Thanks so much to Alex for leaving a comment on my blog with this exciting news.
The Comune di Venezia (which owns this deconsecrated church) has leased it to Mexico who will use it as their Biennale pavillion for the next nine years. They are in there now (the International Architecture Exhibition opened this week), and you can read an article here that says,
"Although the space is not yet in a safe condition to allow visitors, individuals will be invited to view the ongoing restoration from the entrance."
The article includes a photo of the interior and it still looks like a church inside - you can see the main altar and the choir screen that used to separate the nuns from the public. I can't wait to see it in person! I wonder if they have relocated the cats and the cat condos?
UPDATE: The cats are still there. See Fausto's blog for many photos of the interior and also the relocated cat condo.
A painting of San Lorenzo by Italian artist Filippo de Pisis. I see pigeons and maybe a few cats too in the campo!