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One of the most mesmerizing spaces in Europe, the tiny main hall of this scuola once served as a meeting house for Venice’s Dalmatian community (Dalmatia is a region of Croatia—schiavoni means “Slavs”). Venetian scuole, or schools, were guilds that brought together merchants and craftspeople from certain trades or similar religious devotions. Built beside its sister church, San Giovanni di Malta, in the early 16th century, the scuola is most famous for the awe-inspiring painting cycle on its walls, created by Renaissance master Vittore Carpaccio between 1502 and 1509. The paintings depict the lives of the Dalmatian patron saints George (of dragon-slaying fame), Tryphon, and Jerome; in the upper hall (Sala dell’Albergo) is Carpaccio’s masterful “Vision of St. Augustine.”