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Santa Maria dei Miracoli, Venice

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Religious Site Church
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. For Santa Maria dei Miracoli and beyond, use our Venice family vacation planner to get the most from your Venice vacation.
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  • A small church but a masterpiece of simplicity in marble, hidden away in the backwaters of Venice. It's best known for the stunning painting of the Virgin Mary above the altar, but my prevailing memor...  more »
  • This church is squeezed between canals and footpaths. It is a small delight, a change from the overblown baroque elsewhere. The marble has been finely carved and is used to great effect.  more »
  • This small church is another church in Venice where you need to pay entrance fee. Tourists are not satisfied but think about hundreds of churches in Venice and all cost for maintaining and restoration...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Beautifully detailed with the marmer, it gives it a unique exterior. Happened to see a wedding here, really cool!
  • The Church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli is an extremely finely decorated and elegant church located in pretty quiet and not very touristic area of Venice .
  • Not sure what the inside of the church looked like as I was busy outside taking photos. My wife went inside though and said that it was quite nice.
  • One of the most beautiful places in Venice