Located on the main square of Burano, the Church of St. Martin has the distinction of having a leaning tower which is visible in the Venetian Lagoon for miles around and over the last few decades has become the unofficial symbol of the island.
The Church of St. Martin (Chiesa di San Martino) was built in the 16th century. Its Lombardian Baroque-style interior has a Latin cross plan with three naves ending in a chapel and divided by Neoclassical pillars that support arches. The high altar is decorated with six elegant columns of red French marble and four of other ancient oriental marble. The pavement, with red and white square stones, is typical of sacred buildings. The side of the church facing the square has no significant features except for a 16th-century portal.
Built at the beginning of the 18th century by the Italian architect Andrea Tirali, the square-plan Campanile – the main sight in Burano Island – is 6.20 m (20 ft) wide at the bottom and 53 m (173.8 ft) high. Because of land subsidence, the Campanile is inclined of 1.83 m (8 ft) concerning its axis.
Even if the Church of St. Martin is one of the few most interesting attractions in Burano Island, not many visitors to the island enter this church so it is a peaceful place to relax and enjoy the calming interior. Even more, you do not have to go to Pisa to see a leaning tower – the Campanile of the church has a noticeable inclination and adds to the charm of Burano. Worth stopping by if on the island.
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The church is located in Piazza Galuppi, the main square of the Venetian Island of Burano, in the Venetian Lagoon, northeastern Italy.
I hope you enjoyed my Baroque Church of St. Martin in Burano Island post. If you like Italy and its beautiful Catholic churches, here are a few more posts that I recommend you read next:
- Baroque Basilica of St. Mary of Health in Venice
- Gothic Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary in Naples
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