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La Rosa della Virtù

La Rosa della Virtù (English: The Rose of Virtue) was a brothel run by Sister Teodora Contanto, a former nun. Located in Venice, it was rather popular and frequented by many upper-class patrons, though the thief Antonio de Magianis was a regular visitor as well.

Due to its nature, the brothel was constantly under attack from the Holy See, which repeatedly tried to force the Venetian Council to shut it down. The brothel was finally closed for good in 1516 after a dissatisfied bishop burned it to the ground.[1]




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