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Tourist information on San Michele Island, Venice. Napoleon made San Michele a cemetry island and left it under the control of Franciscan monks.
The Island of San Michele is known as the “ Cemetry Island ”, established as the city's cemetery by Napoleon and is maintained by the Franciscans. Many famous foreign residents were buried on the Island, and San Michele is also home to one of Venice 's first Renaissance buildings the church of San Michele built in 1469 by Codussi.
The Island lies between the historical centre of Venice and the Island of Murano , and is accessable by public transportation using the number 42 or 52 water-bus ( Vaporetto).