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Church of Santa Maria e San Donato, Murano
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The Church of Santa Maria e San Donato is a religious edifice located in Murano, northern Italy. It is known for its twelfth century Byzantine mosaic pavement and is said to contain the relics of Saint Donatus of Arezzo as well as large bones behind the altar said to be the bones of a dragon slain by the saint.HistoryThe church is one of the oldest in the Venetian lagoon. It was originally built in the 7th century and is known to have been rebuilt in the 9th century and in 1040 AD, although it is possible that there have been more rebuildings in later times.Development of the interiors of the church and valuable relics are related to the legendary quarreling between the parishes of this church and neighboring church of St. Stefano which lasted up to 1125, when Doge Domenico Michele established the dominance of Santa Maria church by storing the relics of St. Donatus of Arezzo in it.ArchitectureThe church and its bell tower are built of dark red-brown brick, without plastering. The bell tower stands separately. The main entrance to the church faces west, but the most impressive facade is the colonnaded east side, which faces a canal.The colourful stone mosaic floor of the church, including the yoked "cocks on the floor of San Donato, in Murano, who are carrying a fox" dates from around 1140, and bears superficial repairs. The relics of San Donato are located in a marble sarcophagus.
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  • Impressive and counting on the outside, but very interesting inside. Typical three-aisled basilica with a wooden roof and beautiful mosaic floor. Being in Murano can not miss beautiful chandeliers of glass masters of the island.
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  • Although Venice offers virtually infinite number of churches and museums, you should Santi Maria e Donato don't miss a visit to the Duomo di Murano, especially if you ever take a trip to the island of Murano. From the outside as well as inside the church building is worth seeing.
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  • A space to discover and behold, details and views are pleasing to the eye. The city of Murano has much more jewelry by show and this is a good example. If you are in Murano is worthwhile to take a moment to see this structure
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  • One of the best architecture pieces in Murano. Nice, but nothing compared to Venice buildings.
  • Nice church. Just passed by good for photo.
  • Te most impressive church on the island
  • Architecturaly interesting from outside, inside is good old venecian church
  • A very nice church