In Cannaregio district of Venice overlooking the Gran Canal stands San Geremia, a Baroque church with a distinctive 12th century Romanesque brick tower. The church is dedicated to Saint Jeremiah, but also holds the relics of Saint Lucy (Santa Lucia di Siracusa) which had been previously kept in the church by the same name, but were transferred to San Geremia in 1861 when the church of Saint Lucy was pulled down to build a railway station. 

In 1981 precisely these relics were the cause of a burglary in San Geremia. The church was broken into and the Saint’s remains were stolen to be retrieved months later on the day of her celebration, 13 December.

Saint Lucy’s grave is still the main attraction among visitors and pilgrims that come to the church in increasing numbers every year to light a candle and to pray to this patron saint of the blind and visually impaired. 

“Lucia Vergine di Siracusa rests in peace in this temple. You inspire a bright future and peace to Italy and the entire World”. (this inscription, but in Italian may be seen on the side of the church facing Grand Canal)

©Paula Borkovic

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Traces of the Past is a recurrent photo challenge that happens every month (one month in colour as part of Thursday’s Special and the following month in black and white as part of Black & White Sunday). You are free to choose whatever traces of the past you can find. It does not have to be a distant one, or rich in history; it can be something personal, or it can even have a human form. Just make sure to post for it before next Thursday and to link to this blog. Happy Thursday! 

Please check out these wonderful entries to the challenge:


  1. Since Heritage was the focus for this week’s WordPress photo challenge, I combined the two. I apologize since I don’t usually do that, but there isn’t that much “old stuff” in the valley 🙂

    You have a world full of old an beautiful places. And each seems more amazing than the last!

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    • 🙂 Thank you, Marilyn, I’m trying. It’s lovely to see you and even more to have your entry.


  2. What a fantastic capture of such a magnificent place Paula. A wonderful trace of the past.
    Mine will be with you in the morning – not quite as historic or quite as educational as yours!

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    • Thank you very much, Debbie. I thought you might enjoy another glimpse of Venice. It is always a pleasure to see your entries.


    • I’m trying to access your blog, Debbie. I have tried it more than 20 times today from work. I don’t know what the problem is, cause I could access other blogs. I will try it again later from home.


  3. Love the colours in your photo.. Interesting that they tore down a church back then to build a railway station… progress happens I guess…

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    • Yes, that’s very sad, and a saint like Lucy deserves to have the grave in a church bearing her name. I found the story fascinating. Thank you very much for your visit and nice comment, Maggie.

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  6. You have excelled yourself, Paula. I am in love with this image with its wonderful aspect and the glow of the Rialto in the distance. I’m trying to picture where you would be standing because I want to stand right there and listen to that haunting music. Thank you for a beautiful start to my day. 🙂 🙂


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    • Hello Jo. I am sorry WP played a trick on us. When were you in Venice last. The bridge in the background isn’t Rialto. It is a bridge in Cannaregio district (Ponte delle Guglie). It is where Jewish district starts. We always stay in Santa Croce district, the one where the railway station is cause there is a hotel with car park. Rialto was very turbulent this winter/early Spring. When we were there a young man threw himself from the dock under Rialto, and a week later Kosovari planned a terrorist attack – they wanted to blow up the bridge.


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    • Anna, I’d like to have you around for many, many years, but your comments make me smile. Thank you, dear 🙂


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  11. Oh that’s an amazing picture, Paula! I love this quietness and peace that gives the view of a church, specially in Venise 😉
    I hope you are doing well, have a nice day!
    Un abrazo

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    • Muchas gracias Eleazar. A todos les gusta Venecia. Me gusta mucho andar por la noche alla pq tengo mas tiempo para tomar fotos y no debo luchar con otros por espacio :D. Que gusto leerte 🙂

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      • Un placer leerte a ti también! 🙂
        Totalmente de acuerdo con lo de las fotos por la noche, en las ciudades turísticas es muy difícil sacar buenas fotos, siempre hay demasiada gente 😉


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    • Thank you, Klara. Nightshots are challenging, but so much fun. Yes, it is beautiful to have Venice all to oneself 😉


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    • Cheers, Ark. It is so nice to see your raving review. I am touched with your entry. I feel like a deck passenger in your concert.


    • Oh no, I can’t take credit for musical content on my blog, for images and texts I can 🙂 Thanks.


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  18. Oh, Paula! Your work is such a gift! “Summoning of the Muse” by Dead Can Dance (Within the Realm of a Dying Sun 1987) is the perfect mood music. The images from the music video by musicaeternal fit so perfectly with your theme. Here is a link in case you want to take a look:

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    • It’s a haunting video, and beautiful music. The track in my post is a tribute to Dead Can Dance by Dark Sanctuary, but I featured Dead Can Dance in some of my other posts before.


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    • Hi Gilly. I was standing on the land, alongside the canal. It wouldn’t be possible to take a long exposure from a boat. It’s great to have you back, Gilly.


  20. That’s a beautiful building and beautifully photographed in the evening light. I wonder why someone would steal the remains of a saint? Surely that would be bad luck for the thief.


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  22. Hi Paula, I love your “traces of the past” challenges. They always present an opportunity to look at the same topic from a different angle. This time, I tried to make the whole picture a “trace” – something that (hopefully) resonates with another picture… I hope you’ll like it.

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  25. Your photo makes me homesick for a place I’ve never lived, Paula. The last three times I’ve been to Venice I’ve stayed in Cannaregio, most recently last month. While I was there I experienced the same nighttime view that features in your photo, except it was in the middle of a thunderstorm! (We got soaked… but didn’t care!)
    My Trace of the Past is also at night, but features London’s Tower Bridge.

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