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Love Scallop – Coquille Saint Jacques d'amour

I was intrigued to see a scallop shell on the façade of the 14th century Palazzo Bembo on the Grand Canal as it usually symbolises St Jacques de Compostelle (Santiago de Compostela in France. Further research reveals that it is the convex scallop shell that represents St Jacques while the concave shell symbolises Venus, much more appropriate for Venice!
J’étais intriguée de voir une coquille Saint Jacques sur la façade du Palazzo Bembo construit à la fin du quatorzième siècle le long du Grand Canal car elle symbolises habituellement Saint Jacques de Compostelle.  Mais j’ai appris que c’est la coquille convexe qui représente Saint Jacques tandis que la coquille concave symbolise Venus, bien plus appropriée pour Venise !

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