CORONAVIRUS AND PINK SWANS IN VENICE

Transparent waters, fish, dolphins, white and pink swans!, jellyfish, octopuses, sea gulls ..."When people stay at home, THE CITY IS FULL OF OTHER RESIDENTS"



This image it is a montage, but it has a color range that thrills and engages due to its color beauty.

A romantic vision of uninhabited Venice in which nature is taking over the canals, and possibly if time passed, it would also take over the palaces.

The following photos will make you think of the idyllic place that Venice has been during confinement due to the coronavirus pandemic and you can see it in the following tweets:




Behind these idyllic images, there are some imagined ones such as that of the pink swans; other real ones like the white swans that can still be seen any day, but 7 km away, in the island of Burano; the crystalline waters of the channels, crystal clear that are not usual because the bottom is stirred by the passage of the boats or the fish that populate the channels, and even the jellyfish. And dolphins, it is true that they are sighted in many areas of the Mediterranean Sea, but the closest they have come to Venice is Sardinia, which is more than 700 kilometers away.

But the reality is that Venice has been A GHOST CITY. If you want to know why, don't miss the following videos.



Pero, detrás de estas imágenes ha estado el sufrimiento de la ciudad, de las personas infectadas y sus 1.997 fallecidos por la enfermedad en todo el Véneto, que actualmente tiene 4,9 millones de habitantes.


AND IT IS NOT THE FIRST PANDEMIC VENICE SUFFERS

Black Death refers to the pandemic more devastating plague in human history that affected Europe and Asia in the fourteenth century and reached a peak between 1347 and 1353. It came to Venice in 1349. It took ahead a third of the European population, 33%, and even in some places like Florence 50%. And it seems that it also originated in China and was spread by Mongolian nomads.

This pandemic marked the end of the Middle Ages, as feudalism declined and the church lost credibility for not working "any miracle". The Renaissance is breaking through!

In 1484 Venice again suffered a new horrendous plague epidemic that led to the start of pilgrimages to Voghera, a city where supposedly guarded the body of San Roque, who already in life, it is said that he cured many plague patients just by doing about them the sign of the cross. The members of the Venetian brotherhood offered a succulent reward to obtain the precious relic and take it to the city of the canals for protection. And so the body ended up in Venice, now in the church of San Rocco and also caused the construction of the Scuola di San Rocco.



The next epidemic emerged between 1575 and 1577, but this time it originated here in Venice. To combat it, the Venetian doctors had two island-hospitals: the Lazaretto Vecchio and the Lazaretto Nuovo, to which they brought the sick and those suspected of suffering from the plague, respectively. And they began to use the famous plague doctor masks, because the beak prevented the doctor from approaching the breath of the infected. But what they did not know is that this did not protect them, since the plague was not transmitted through the air.


Venice was infected again, during the so-called "Italian plague" between 1629-1631. When the plague ended, it had killed 80,000 Venetians and 600,000 in the territory of the Serenissima, from Brescia to Trieste, from Polesine to Belluno. Among the people who died were the doge and the patriarch. And there we have the Basilica of Santa María de la Salute, which was erected to thank the end of the plague epidemic in which many more people died than in this plague caused by the coronavirus in the 21st century.

But what Venice leaves us are images for the future. Read me in the entry "IMAGES FOR THE FUTURE IN THE TIMES OF CORONAVIRUS"



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