Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, Venice

#10 of 187 in Historic Sites in Venice
Church · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Discover the city’s religious and artistic heritage at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, one of the landmark buildings on the Grand Canal. The history of this building goes back to the early 17th century, when the city experienced a devastating outbreak of the plague. As a votive offering for the people’s deliverance from this pestilence, the city vowed to build and dedicate a church to Our Lady of Health (or Deliverance). The church was designed in the then-fashionable Baroque style, and construction began in 1631. Most of the art housed inside the church bears some reference to the historic plague. The emblematic dome of this building was an important addition to the city’s skyline, said to have inspired numerous artists, including Canaletto and J.M.W. Turner, among many others. Drop by the church’s famous facade, which is embellished with 125 statues. Plan your Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute visit and explore what else you can see and do in Venice using our Venice vacation planning app.
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  • We had a 10 minute walk around and peak inside. Interesting architecture and history. Can be visited for free, probably a fun thing to do in combination with a visit to the Guggenheim which is close.  more »
  • La Chiesa della Salute is now in a process of facade repairment. Still the free access inside and separately in the sacristy (4€) is permitted.  more »
  • The beauty of this basilica honestly starts outside of the basilica itself. You arrive and are astounded by the gorgeous architecture of the building. When you then enter the basilica, you can find statues of incredible beauty all around and though its not a grand cathedral that shows might and uses a lot of gold and silver, it certainly holds its own due to the beautiful paintings displayed. When you look up to the ceiling you are astounded by the amount of statues that are displayed at a place most would forget to look. I was happy to have visited this basilica and would certainly like to return one day!
  • A truly beautiful church! What an amazing place! The building itself is a work of art. Spend at least as much time enjoying the outside as you do the inside. When inside, be sure to look up and take in the amazing statues surrounding the interior of the dome. This is a must see while in Venice. Truly amazing.

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