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.
The 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.
The 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. Add Church of Santa Maria e San Donato and other attractions to your Murano trip itinerary using our Murano journey planner.
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  • The Duomo of Murano is a beautiful church with a floor made of various mosaics, beautiful stained glass windows and works made with glass from the town. 
    The Duomo of Murano is a beautiful church with a floor made of various mosaics, beautiful stained glass windows and works made with glass from the town.  more »
  • Really enjoyed my visit here and thought the mosaics excellent. Did take some photos although I was challenged by the caretaker (who did back down when I argued about what this policy has to do with....  more
    Really enjoyed my visit here and thought the mosaics excellent. Did take some photos although I was challenged by the caretaker (who did back down when I argued about what this policy has to do with....  more »
  • I went on my last day. I was so glad to see the posters with the history. The floor mosaics were really worth seeing 
    I went on my last day. I was so glad to see the posters with the history. The floor mosaics were really worth seeing  more »
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  • Love the architecture and building material!
  • Having a restoration so not all open. But great looking architecture
  • One of my favorite sculptures is there - quite a spectacle
  • Really beautiful church. Enjoyed the simpler, more subtle interior design. Would have loved to climb the tower.
  • This church seems like the best place for a movie. I visited Burano in a cloudy day which made this view even more dramatic

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