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GetCOO | San Lazzaro dei Mendicanti

San Lazzaro dei Mendicanti

San Lazzaro dei Mendicanti is an ancient church in the sestiere of Castello; it now serves as the chapel of the Civic Hospital of Venice. By 1224, a hospital for lepers, dedicated to St Lazarus patron saint of those afflicted with the disease, was found adjacent to the church of San Trovaso in the sestiere of Dorsoduro. In 1262, a Leper Colony was quarantined to an island in the Lagoon, then called Isola di San Lazzaro. In 1500, funds left over after the construction of the Basilica of Santi Giovanni e Paolo, were allocated to build an adjacent leper Hospital of San Lazaro, Ospedale di San Lazaro e dei Mendicanti. It was one of the four main hospitals (Ospedali Maggiori) in Venice.