New Secrets About Venice Unveiled

Jul 31, 2020 224

BY: Francesca Bezzone

New secrets about Venice and its origins have been unveiled by exceptional findings made under the roof of Santa Maria Assunta basilica, in Torcello. While carrying out works in the attic area of the church, a team of archaeologists from the Università di Venezia, led by Diego Calaon, discovered frescoes dating back to the 9th century

This is important because it shows Venice had strategic and political relevance during Carolingian times and that its culture was influenced by Charlemagne’s people. Local lore, but also traditional historiography, tell us that Venice gained power under the Byzantines and never mentions its role in the Carolingian Empire.

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