The Battle of Lepanto

Santa Giustina by Girolamo Campagna, Arsenal, Venice.
Today is the four-hundred and forty-fourth anniversary of the Battle of Lepanto, the last major naval conflict in the Mediterranean fought entirely between galleys. 

On October 7th, 1571, a fleet of the Holy League, a coalition of Catholic states, decisively defeated the fleet of the Ottoman Empire.
Land entrance (Porta di Terra) of the Arsenal, Venice
The Venetian navy played a leading role in the battle and to mark this a statue of Santa Giustina (on whose feast day the battle had taken place) was placed above the land entrance (Porta di Terra) to the Arsenale.
The church of Santa Giustina, Venice.
The Senate also decreed that an annual andata (traditional procession) should take place on the saint's feast day, whose body lay in a Benedictine monastery in nearby Padua. The procession started in the Piazza San Marco and wound its way to the monastery of Santa Giustina in Castello. Mass was celebrated in the church of Santa Giustina and specially minted coins (giustine) were handed out to the nuns. 


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