The 7 scuole grandi are religious confraternities, which played an important role in the social history of Venice. Their charitable activities included the organization of processions, the distribution of money, food and clothing to poorer members, the burial of paupers, and the supervision of hospitals. They were almost always based in monumental sites, located near the church of their patron saint. The buildings were designed by famous architects and decorated with the finest pieces of art. If you love Venice, history and art, you should certainly visit one (or more) scuola grande on your next trip.
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