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Originally, in the 10th century, the monastery was built by Blessed Giovanni Morosini in 982 at the behest of Doge Tribuno Memmo who gave it to him for this purpose.

In addition to being a place of worship, the convent welcomed the children of the best families of the time and soon the importance of this place increased, becoming a reference point for Venice which gradually was filled with works and materials of enormous value and bodies and relique. Among the many, we remember the remains of Santo Stefano and the relative pilgrimage, once a year, of the doges who gave life to one of the most famous night parties of the Serenissima.

The monastery, after being razed to the ground by the earthquake of 1223, was re-erected in 1229 thanks to Doge Pietro Ziani.

In 1443 Cosimo de Medici arrived on the island with his trusted architect Michelozzo Michelozzi who built the library of which today, unfortunately, nothing remains due to the fire of 1614.

With the end of the Venetian Republic, the convent was suppressed and from 1808 to 1929 it was used and seriously damaged by the Austrian military occupation that settled there in 1851.

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