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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  • A hidden gem 13th century church, well worth a visit to this very old church, not many left in Europe so please visit whilst you can.  more »
  • The Basilica is a must see! It's one of the oldest remaining and has the most beautiful interior - including a mosaic floor of marble from 1141. It is simply amazing. Take a Valpretto to Murano. Free ...  more »
  • It is a nice medieval church with a multiple columns supporting arches on its outside with a beautiful restored uneven mosaic floor inside. the symbol of murano - 2 cockerels holding a ? fox is also s...  more »
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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. Church is just an amazing outside and inside. You can buy the small paper guide at the entrante and read the full description of the mosaico on the floor. No entrance fee but please pur an offer.
  • The artwork inside the church was impressive
  • Very beautifull restored church.
  • One of the best architecture pieces in Murano. Nice, but nothing compared to Venice buildings.
  • Nice church. Just passed by good for photo.