Trip Planner: Europe / Italy / Veneto / Province of Venice / City of Venice / Venice / Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute
Discover the city’s religious and artistic heritage at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, one of the landmark buildings on the Grand Canal. The history of this building goes back to the early 17th century, when the city experienced a devastating outbreak of the plague. As a votive offering for the people’s deliverance from this pestilence, the city vowed to build and dedicate a church to Our Lady of Health (or Deliverance). The church was designed in the then-fashionable Baroque style, and construction began in 1631. Most of the art housed inside the church bears some reference to the historic plague. The emblematic dome of this building was an important addition to the city’s skyline, said to have inspired numerous artists, including Canaletto and J.M.W. Turner, among many others. Drop by the church’s famous facade, which is embellished with 125 statues. Plan your Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute visit and explore what else you can see and do in Venice using our Venice vacation planning app.
Tours To Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute
Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $49
Duration: 30 minutes
Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade with Dinner BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $103
Duration: 2 hours
Venice Gondola Ride BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $39
Duration: 30 minutes
Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute Reviews
One of the best attractions while you're in Italy... it's definitely a must and you should not miss a visit at this amazing history gem! more »
San Salute is just minutes from our hotel, so we see it many times a day. The exterior i named the wedding cake, as it just reminds me of one. Heavily decorated on the outside, take take to just... more »
The beauty of this basilica honestly starts outside of the basilica itself. You arrive and are astounded by the gorgeous architecture of the building. When you then enter the basilica, you can find statues of incredible beauty all around and though its not a grand cathedral that shows might and uses a lot of gold and silver, it certainly holds its own due to the beautiful paintings displayed. When you look up to the ceiling you are astounded by the amount of statues that are displayed at a place most would forget to look. I was happy to have visited this basilica and would certainly like to return one day!
A truly beautiful church! What an amazing place! The building itself is a work of art. Spend at least as much time enjoying the outside as you do the inside. When inside, be sure to look up and take in the amazing statues surrounding the interior of the dome. This is a must see while in Venice. Truly amazing.
Plan your trip to Venice
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Popular things to do in Venice
See all ›
See all ›
Hidden gems in Venice
See all ›
Nearby attractions in Venice
Plans to Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute by other users
46 days in Europe BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND March, historic sites, museums, popular sights Preferences: March, historic sites, museums Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 18 days in Italy, London & Paris BY A USER FROM CANADA April, popular sights Preferences: April Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 60 days in Africa, Europe, United States & Asia BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA June, popular sights Preferences: June Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 15 days in Venice & Florence BY A USER FROM AUSTRIA July, teens, popular sights Preferences: July, teens Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 25 days in Italy BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA August, popular sights Preferences: August Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 14 days in Italy BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems Preferences: November, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium