The Basilica of St. Mary of Health in Venice was erected in Baroque style in the 17th century to a design by the Italian architect Baldassare Longhena. The dome was an important addition to the Venice skyline and soon became emblematic of the city.
The building is constructed of Istrian stone and marmorino (brick covered with marble dust) and stands on a platform made of 1,156,627 wooden pilings. The interior is octagonal, full of Marian symbolism, and consists of the large compartment of the main dome under which the six side chapels open.
The church 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.
The Basilica of St. Mary of Health is one of my favorite churches and places in all of Venice. It is part of every Venice postcard. Stairs around the church, the view, beauty of architecture, feeling of the breeze of Adriatic sea, all magnificent history inside… Highly recommended.
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The church is located in the Dorsoduro district across to Piazza San Marco, near Accademia Bridge and Peggy Guggenheim museum, in Venice, northeastern Italy.
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I hope you enjoyed my Baroque Basilica of St. Mary of Health in Venice post. If you like visiting ornate Baroque churches, here are a few more posts that I recommend you read next:
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- Orthodox Baroque Church of the Holy Spirit in Vilnius
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