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The Holy Redeemer Festival

20.07.2019 - 21.07.2019

An ancient tradition in Venice

The Holy Redeemer Festival

The Holy Redeemer Festival

The Redentore (Holy Redeemer Festival) is one of the most popular public celebrations in Venice. For over 400 years, it has reminded Venetians of the end of the terrible plague that in Sixteenth century decimated the population of the Serenissima. In 1576 a Church dedicated to the Holy Redeemer was built based on a project by Andrea Palladio, as a vow to save the city from plague. The first procession took place in July 1577, when a votive boat bridge was set up across the Giudecca Canal to reach the building site of the church and celebrate the end of the epidemic.
This tradition is still alive: each year, on the third weekend of July, a votive bridge is set up to connect Zattere to Redeemer’s Church on Giudecca Island, and on Saturday night – the eve of the feast – the long-awaited fireworks take place above St. Mark’s basin. On Sunday the traditional Redeemer’s  Regattas – Venetian rowing competitions divided into age categories and boats – take place along the Giudecca Canal. Many historical champions called “Re del remo” (“Kings of the oar”), for the large number of victories obtained, take part to the regattas.

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