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Venice Churches Charge Admission

February 3, 1998

VENICE, Italy (AP) _ Thirteen of Venice’s most beautiful churches now have extra custodians, longer hours _ and an entrance fee, starting Monday.

The fee is $1.10. Venetians and worshippers do not have to pay.

The churches showcase about 400 paintings by Italian masters, including Tintoretto and Titian. Church and city officials say the revenue will go for upkeep, longer opening hours and better security.

The churches will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

Entrance admission to churches in Italy is extremely rare, though fees are sometimes charged for related structures or museums.

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