Santa Maria dei Miracoli, Venice

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Known as the marble church, Santa Maria dei Miracoli sits by an attractive canal. Because of this early Renaissance church's beauty, weddings are often held here, with couples arriving by gondola on the canal. The interior is decorated with white, pink, and gray designs, all in marble. When you want to rest, head to the outside benches, or to the nearby secondhand bookstore. Add Santa Maria dei Miracoli and other attractions to your Venice trip itinerary using our Venice online visit planner .
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  • Visited in Jan 2016. A beautiful church with a interesting history. Needed a map to find it although it is not that far from Rialto Bridge area. Lovely marble facade. Marble used is said to be what wa...  more »
  • You should visit the small "miracle" during each stay. A very special Church in Venice.
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  • Already the façade alone is beautiful. If you go inside, stay fascinated by the altar in a raised position with respect to the floor of the Church.
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  • A beautiful marble church with an unusual staircase up to the main altar. It is in the process of being renovated but still a lovely place to visit. Very peaceful and quiet.
  • It is exquisite. The chiesa, built in the late 1400s was restored by the Save Venice foundation in the 90s. It is in a lovely section of Venice, less traveled.
  • One of my favorite churches in Venice. Very well kept.
  • Wonderful from the outside and from the inside - it has an entry fee if one wants to look closely at it.
  • I always tell people to visit this church, which is my favourite in the whole of Venice. It's not quite a hidden gem, but easy to miss if you're only visiting the usual tourist sites - Piazza San Marco, Guggenheim, Accademia etc. It is perfection in marble and can be admired as much from the outside as inside, and the steps up to the chancel are glorious. The name Santa Maria dei Miracoli is derived from a miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary which still stands at the main altar. The true miracle was the $4m restoration undertaken in the 1990s to save the church from ruin, and the ongoing cleaning work which keeps the polychrome marble gleaming for visitors today. The church is part of the Chorus scheme, and therefore there is a modest admission charge, but this also means it is open continuously from 10am to 5pm (Monday to Saturday). It is popular with Italian wedding parties, who often stop in the charming little campo surrounding the church to have their photos taken. It is certainly one of the most romantic places in the world, and I imagine a lot of people dream of getting married here.

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