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Excluding the artificial island of Tronchetto, created in the mid-20th century and of which it is now part, Santa Croce is the smallest sestiere in Venice.

Delineated to the north by the Grand Canal, the sestiere is bordered to the east and south-east by the sestiere of San Polo, to the south by the sestiere of Dorsoduro and to the west (the island of Tronchetto) by the lagoon.

The name derives from the ancient church of Santa Croce, believed to have been founded in 568 and already a parish church in 774, later demolished by Napoleon Bonaparte's French in the early 19th

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