La Salute, Venice:

The magnificent Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute! Construction began in the 1630s when Venice was suffering an incurable plague. The republic would dedicate the new church to Mary for her protection, as she was always the great patroness of Venice. While its exterior is clearly Baroque, the Byzantine interior reflects the 17th century’s “image” of Venice as a place for the exotic.

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One Response to “La Salute, Venice:”

  1. dj Says:

    This church actually houses a gift that Venezia gave to it’s former Cardinal Patriarch who occupied the Throne of Peter from 1903 to 1914. Pope Pius X was given a throne by the people of Venice for his election and that throne is in use in this church (see the last photo, and on the right you’ll see what it looks like.)

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