As you reach Venice by vaporetto, you will catch a glimpse of Santa Maria della Salute Basilica, gem of Venetian architecture adorned with two domes and bell towers that about a hundred statues surround with harmony. The main facade, in classical style, is decorated with half columns while the rest of the building is Baroque-inspired. Once inside, a large staircase takes you to the heart of a large central area, surrounded by six chapels richly decorated with paintings by Tintoretto and Titian. In front of your eyes, the marble floor with geometric patterns is remarkable. It was in 1630 that the construction of the basilica was decided, in order to appeal to the good graces of the Virgin to put an end to the spread of the ravaging plague at the time. Work of famous architect Baldassare Longhena, the structure was built on marshy ground, which required engineers to regularly stabilize it using wooden stilts. Symbolic representations of Mary are plentiful and especially adorn the high altar.
Santa Maria della Salute Basilica
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