Baroque Architecture of Venice: St. Mary of Health Basilica

The Basilica of St. Mary of Health

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 of St. Mary of Health:

  • It was built in Baroque style in 1631–1687 to a design by the Italian architect Baldassare Longhena (1598–1682).
  • It was dedicated to Our Lady of Health, and 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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The Basilica of St. Mary of Health, Venice
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Statue of St. Mark, the Basilica of St. Mary of Health, Venice
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The Basilica of St. Mary of Health from the south, Venice

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