Mekhitarist Monastery in Saint Lazarus, Venice
A small island in the Venice lagoon, west of the Lido, Saint Lazarus is entirely occupied by the 18th Century Monastery belonging to the Armenian catholic order of the Mekhitarists.
The building complex is famous for its library which preserves numerous manuscripts written in Armenian, its typography and the collections of the Picture Gallery and the Museum.
The Picture Gallery includes paintings from the Veneto and Armenian schools (Palma the Young and Sebastiano Ricci) from the XVII and XVIII Centuries.
The Museum includes archaeological relics of Armenian, Greek and Indian Art, Armenian religious objects from the XVI and XVII centuries as well as manuscripts.
The most important finds include a 3500 year old Egyptian mummy, an Egyptian statue depicting a cat dating back 4000 years and a Tibetan table for prayers.
There are many interesting relics belonging to famous people, including those dedicated to Lord Byron who lived here for a long period of time.
Finally, the visitor can admire a collection of etchings from the XX century.
Monastero Mekhitarista di San Lazzaro degli Armeni
Isola San Lazzaro Degli Armeni
30170 Venice - Italy
Tel. +39 041 526 0104