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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Chiesa di Santa Maria della Salute:

Completed in 1681, in thanksgiving for the end of the plague in 1630, the Salute is one of the most photographed churches in Italy. The architect Baldassare Longhena won the competition to design the church in honour of the Virgin Mary:

The octagonal design represents a crown for the Mother of God and features a statue of the Virgin Mary on top of the dome. The interior features scenes by Titian and Tintoretto and a Byzantine icon.

On November 21st (Festa della Madonna della Salute - the Feast of the Presentation of the Virgin) it's traditional to light a candle inside after marching from Piazza San Marco across a pontoon bridge.

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