Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, Venice

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Discover the city’s religious and artistic heritage at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, one of the landmark buildings on the Grand Canal. The history of this building goes back to the early 17th century, when the city experienced a devastating outbreak of the plague. As a votive offering for the people’s deliverance from this pestilence, the city vowed to build and dedicate a church to Our Lady of Health (or Deliverance). The church was designed in the then-fashionable Baroque style, and construction began in 1631. Most of the art housed inside the church bears some reference to the historic plague. The emblematic dome of this building was an important addition to the city’s skyline, said to have inspired numerous artists, including Canaletto and J.M.W. Turner, among many others. Drop by the church’s famous facade, which is embellished with 125 statues. Plan your Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute visit and explore what else you can see and do in Venice using our Venice vacation planning app .
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  • Very beautiful work, all finesse. Access is free. Beautiful chapel. The haven of serenity. A view of the Doge's Palace and St Marco's Square opposite
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  • Very beautiful basilica. You can see it from all sides of Venice; it's a good repert! You can access it for free indoors and take pictures without any problems. Here are the GPS coordinates for this location 45-25'50.9"N 12-20'03.8"E Visited during the month of August 2019.
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  • It is a cathedral seen from San Marco through the canal. The round coupola is beautiful. It was empty because it was on the opposite bank, and it was possible to walk slowly.
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  • The beauty of this basilica honestly starts outside of the basilica itself. You arrive and are astounded by the gorgeous architecture of the building. When you then enter the basilica, you can find statues of incredible beauty all around and though its not a grand cathedral that shows might and uses a lot of gold and silver, it certainly holds its own due to the beautiful paintings displayed. When you look up to the ceiling you are astounded by the amount of statues that are displayed at a place most would forget to look. I was happy to have visited this basilica and would certainly like to return one day!
  • A truly beautiful church! What an amazing place! The building itself is a work of art. Spend at least as much time enjoying the outside as you do the inside. When inside, be sure to look up and take in the amazing statues surrounding the interior of the dome. This is a must see while in Venice. Truly amazing.
  • What a beautiful and remarkable building. The photos don't do it justice. It was stunning to see and would be great to just sit there and enjoy the scenery for a few hours. It was a very enjoyable area and it wasn't too crowded at all.
  • We only saw the outside as we went too late. It's beautiful though, and a brilliant spot to look back at the rest of Venice. You can get a service gondola back across to the other side for €2 but that finishes at 6pm most days when the gondoliers can get a more lucrative fare for a sunset cruise.
  • What a beautiful church. Few meters towards town there are people that play violin and it's beautiful. Make sure you go and see this pearl of Venice!
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