The Church of Santa Maria della Salute

THE CHURCH OF SANTA MARIA DELLA SALUTE

The white Basilica of the Salute stands out in all its candor on the Grand Canal.

The church of Santa Maria della Salute, an original masterpiece by Baldassarre Longhena, was built through a Venice Republic Senate decree to keep a solemn vow made during a terrible epidemic of plague that caused more than 47,000 victims around the first half of the 17th century.

Note its original exterior, with the octagonal plan ending in a huge white dome crowned by voluted counterforts. The interior, which consists of a central area delimited by columns, is even more fascinating.