The Basilica of St. Mary of Health (Italian: Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute) is a Roman Catholic church located in Venice, northeastern Italy.
Five interesting facts about the Basilica:
- It was erected in Baroque style in 1631–1687 to a design by the Italian architect Baldassare Longhena (1598–1682).
- It was built to commemorate the end of a terrible outbreak of the plague that began in 1630 and killed nearly a third of Venice’s 150,000 citizens.
- It stands on a platform made of 1,156,627 wooden pilings.
- It is constructed of Istrian stone and marmorino (brick covered with marble dust).
- The interior is octagonal with small chapels on each side of the building and full of Marian symbolism.
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Address: Campo de la Salute Dorsoduro 1, 30123 Venice, Italy
Official website: BasilicaSaluteVenezia