Votive Temple of Peace, Military Charnel House in Lido di Venezia

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The construction of the charnel house began in 1925 as a fulfilment of a solemn vow, pronounced in 1917 by cardinal La Fontaine, patriarch of Venice. The construction was completed in 1930, managed by the designer, the venetian architect Giuseppe Torres. However, the works continued until 1942, when the statue of Madonna was installed on the top of the central dome, while the planned interior furnishings of the temple still remained unfinished. The temple’s ground plan is circular, with the ceiling supported in the centre by shiny black marble columns. The remains of the fallen soldiers are interred in two large collective tombs, carved in the wall behind the altar. On 10 June 1928, the body of the first soldier, who died defending Venice, was buried here, with the epitaph by the cardinal. The crypt, recently renovated and completed according to the original architectural design, has two entrances on the sides of the stairway leading to the temple. The burial niches of the fallen soldiers are arranged in the walls and in the annular corridor of the crypt. The complex was significantly restored by the Municipality of Venice in collaboration with the Patriarchal Curia, thanks to the financial support of the Veneto Region.


Register of the Fallen Soldiers

Text: Regione del Veneto
Photos: (1) Daniele Giardini, Regione del Veneto, Comune di Venezia; (2, 3) Alessandra Bello, Regione del Veneto, Comune di Venezia; (4) Fundacija Poti miru

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There are several lines of Vaporetto (passenger ferry boat) that lead to the isle of Lido. They take you to the ferry station of either Lido S. Nicolò or Lido S.M.E (Santa Maria Elisabetta). The votive temple is located on Riviera Santa Maria Elisabetta at the intersection with Via Corfù.

Map of the Vaporetto lines


Centro visitatori “Walk of Peace”, MUB Museo della Bonifica
(The Walk of Peace Visitor Centre, MUB Museo della Bonifica)
Viale Primavera, 45
I‒30027 San Donà di Piave (VE)
+39 0421 42047
museobonifica@sandonadipiave.net, museicivici@sandonadipiave.net

IAT Lido di Venezia
Gran Viale, 6/A, Lido di Venezia
I–30126 Venezia
+39 041 5265721, +39 041 5298720

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45.417746, 12.370742

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