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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  • Located near the Museum of glass. Without any prior knowledge, and walking around, and visited a nice mosaic floor, I was impressed.
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  • 慕拉諾島上最有名的聖殿 主要是拜占庭式建築 在吵雜的觀光客擁擠中 一踏入聖殿就瞬間享受了寧靜 裡面沒有太多的雕飾或者過度鋪張的景象 就是一抹寧靜祥和  more »
  • Beautiful place to visit beside the glass museum. A must see at Murano. Easy access through Vaperato stop name Museo.  more »
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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