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Venice: Basilica Santa Maria della Salute (Saint Mary of Health)

About the Basilica Santa Maria della Salute:

Probably the most recognizable of the churches in the city is this one, dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. When a plague devastated the city beginning in 1629 and all efforts failed to stop it, the city fathers pledged to build a church in honor of the Blessed Mother. The resulting church was unique building at the time due to its circular nature and inspired many others of like design in the future..

At the Basilica, which is located at the entrance to the Grand Canal, you have access from an impressive flight of steps that almost seems to emerge from the water and then continue up to the entrance of the Sanctuary.

Venice Grand Canal Mall at Mckinley...
Venice Grand Canal Mall at Mckinley hill
 

Finding the Basilica Santa Maria della Salute:

Basilica Sant Maria della Salute in Venice
Murray Foubister / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)

Located on the Grand Canal it is easily spotted from almost anywhere, and is one of the most photographed churches in the city.

Click here for the official website of the Basilica Maria della Salute (in Italian).

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