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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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  • The square is stately, elegant and historic. We weren't inside so the rating is for the outside.
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  • From the 7th century, the Church was originally dedicated to Santa Maria. To it, in 1125, was associated with San Donato martire after transport from Kefalonia Holy body. Restored in the 11th century and completely rebuilt, along with the Bell Tower in the 12th century. A Basilica, with three naves divided by columns of Greek marble, Venetian-Byzantine style capitals. Particular the exterior of the apse, hexagonal shape with fake portico with arched niches and columns and upper gallery. The façade has the simple shape of a Basilica of origin of Ravenna. The impressive mosaic floor presents technical and design affinity with that of St Mark's Basilica. Beautiful gold-mosaic depicting the Virgin orans. Works of Paolo Veneziano and Lazzaro Bastiani. Structured wooden ceiling ship's hull.
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  • I visited the Cathedral during his visit to the island of Murano, and it was a pleasant surprise. Lovely and precious details, including murano glass chandeliers that are ... To visit
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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