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Church of Santa Maria e San Donato, Murano

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Churches, Tourist Spots
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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 unique and lovely place, almost lost amongst the glass showrooms, only requiring a moment and a donation. You are surrounded by religious artwork, (some reconstructed in the 18th century,) all while...  read more »
  • This church is like a cathederal the art work is staggering the mosaic flooring is a work the exterior brickwork is nearly as impressive as the interior this is a must visit attraction 
  • The church is really beautiful. Why don't we make churches like this in the US. The mosaic floor we amazing and the altar was beautiful as well. The whole church is just full of history. don't miss it...  read more »
  • Architecturaly interesting from outside, inside is good old venecian church
  • One of the best architecture pieces in Murano. Nice, but nothing compared to Venice buildings.
  • Te most impressive church on the island
  • Nice church. Just passed by good for photo.
  • A very nice church
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