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Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, Venice

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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.
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  • Built in 1631-1687. in memory of the deliverance of the city from the plague of 1630-1631. The plague claimed about 100,000 lives, which was more than a third of the city's population. The church.....  more
    Built in 1631-1687. in memory of the deliverance of the city from the plague of 1630-1631. The plague claimed about 100,000 lives, which was more than a third of the city's population. The church.....  more »
  • We’ve seen a few round churches throughout Europe, but none as beautiful as this one. Entry is free for visitors; however, there is a fee for the sacristy visit. Check their website for both church... 
    We’ve seen a few round churches throughout Europe, but none as beautiful as this one. Entry is free for visitors; however, there is a fee for the sacristy visit. Check their website for both church...  more »
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  • Crown of the city. It is located near the main train station. It's a wonderful introduction to what awaits you when visiting the city. Beautiful facade, glamorous interior simply put an architectural hit. Recommended for children and a larger group of visitors. If you are a photographer, blogger or celebrity on Instagram, this is the perfect place to take a photo.
  • This was my favorite destination pre-trip and it did not disappoint. Even with exterior renovations going on, it's still the crown jewel of Venice. It's out of the way, but well worth a visit inside and definitely worth sitting on the steps and watching the canal traffic go by. Beautiful!

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