The doors of the deconsecrated and abandoned Church of Sant' Anna in Castello are always chained closed, but the other day they were chained a bit less tightly than usual and someone had pushed them--or left them--open a couple of inches. Just enough space, I noticed, for a little camera.
The church and convent has an interesting history, a general overview of which can be found (along with a couple of more photos) at the fine Churches of Venice website at:
And a more focused and fascinating account (with photos) of some particularly notable nuns of this church--two of Tintoretto's daughters whose artistic talents were kept cloistered, and one spirited nun whose writings shed light on the real conditions in such convents (her published works include The Nun's Hell)--can be found at the wonderful Churches in Venice blog:
The present state of the church makes one wonder if its door will ever be opened again, or if it will ultimately be allowed to collapse unredeemed beneath the weight of its own sad history.