A Nice Pair (Venezia 311)

Santa Maria della Salute is as much an icon of Venice as anything on the other side of the Grand Canal in the Piazza, it's position at the mouth of the waterway is advantageous, but the the building really makes the most of it with its large dome echoed by a smaller partner.  It's a … Continue reading A Nice Pair (Venezia 311)

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Buon Natale (Venezia 147)

For a posting on Christmas Day, it seemed appropriate to use one of the city's greatest churches; Santa Maria della Salute.  The Church that was built in thanks for salvation from the plague. Even a hater of Baroque like Ruskin was obliged to comment in her favour, describing the facade as "rich and beautiful".  Just as … Continue reading Buon Natale (Venezia 147)

Salvation (Venezia 123)

From the 14th century onwards, Europe was devastated by recurring outbreaks of bubonic plague; The Black Death.  Venice was no exception, but in the 1630's roughly a third of the population died as a result.  Previous outbreaks had led to the building of churches in the hope that such a display of devotion would prompt the … Continue reading Salvation (Venezia 123)