Campo Santa Maria Formosa, Venice

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Santa Maria Formosa is a church in Venice, northern Italy. It was erected in 1492 under the design by Renaissance architect Mauro Codussi. It lies on the site of a former church dating from the 7th century, which, according to tradition, was one of the eight founded by San Magno, bishop of Oderzo. The name "formosa" relates to an alleged appearance of the Holy Virgin disguised as a voluptuous woman1.Exterior design and artworksThe plan is on the Latin cross, with a nave and two aisles. The two façades were commissioned in 1542, the Renaissance-style one facing the channel, and 1604, the Baroque one facing the nearby square.The artworks in the interior include the St. Barbara polyptych by Palma the Elder, one of his most celebrated works. The Conception Chapel houses a triptych of Madonna of Misericordia by Bartolomeo Vivarini (1473), while in the Oratory is the Madonna with Child and St. Dominic by Giambattista Tiepolo (18th century). There is also a Last Supper by Leandro Bassano.The dome of the church was rebuilt in after falling during an earthquake in 1688.SourcesChorusvenezia
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  • Away from the tourist crowds that clog up the alleys between St Mark's Square and the Rialto, this is a delightful and relatively quiet square only 10 minutes walk from the Rialto Bridge or St Mark's ...  more »
  • We loved this place. Spent 4 nights in Venice and went three or four times to eat here. It is set in a beautiful square, perfect place to watch the day begin over coffee or the moon rise as you sip an...  more »
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