Gone, But Not Forgotten

The church of Santa Lucia, Venice
In 1846 the railway arrived in Venice. And a railway line needs a railway station. Unfortunately, in order to make room for it, several ancient buildings were destroyed, including the sixteenth century church of Santa Lucia. 
19th century Railway Station, Stazione Ferroviaria, Venice
The church was not only dedicated to Saint Lucy, it also housed her actual body, a prized relic, which had been stolen by the Venetians during the sacking of Constantinople in 1204. When Santa Lucia was demolished in 1860, the saint's body was moved to the nearby church of San Geremia, where it remains to this day. 
Plaque to the destroyed church of Santa Lucia, Venice
The church might have been destroyed, but its memory lives on in the name of the station, Venezia Santa Lucia. There is also a large plaque in front of the railway station, which marks the site of the erstwhile church.

Santa Lucia was not the only casualty, the church and convent of Corpus Domini were also destroyed to make room for the railway station's offices of administration.
Stazione Ferroviaria, Railway Station, Venice
Less than a hundred years later Venice's first railway station was replaced by the rather bland design we see today.   


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