Venice – In just a few weeks Venice celebrates the Feast of Santa Maria della Salute. This is a very important day for Venetians who visit the Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute to give thanks for being delivered from the plague in the 1630s. Each year on 21st November families and friends walk across the temporary bridge (constructed over the Grand Canal) to pray and to remember. In true Italian style there are numerous candle sellers outside the church and you queue patiently to light your candle inside the lofty dome of the basilica – designed by Baldassare Longhena – in a sort of Palladian-Baroque wedding cake style. Construction of the church began in 1631 and was completed fifty years later. It’s become an integral part of the skyline of Venice along with the Bell Tower, Basilica of San Marco and Doge’s Palace.
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