Excursion tour in Venice. Top architecture - monuments, castles, temples and palaces
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Santa Maria della Salute, Venice
» The cathedral was built in the shape of an octahedron, with a dome hemisphere.
» The church entrance is designed as a triumphal arch.
» Facade is decorated with sculptures of the Archangel Michael, John the Baptist and the Virgin Mary.
» The altar is decorated with marble statues dedicated to the miraculous abolition of the plague by Virgin Mary.
San Pietro di Castello, Venice
» The current church building dates back to 16th century, but the first church on this site has been built in the 7th century.
» Next to the church there is the bell tower, which stands decimated similar to the Leaning tower of Pisa. In this regard, it’s considered one of the most dangerous in Venice.
» The basilica features several outstanding works of art. Among them, St. John the Evangelist, Peter and Paul, by Paolo Veronese, the altar painting by Giordano in the Vendramin Chapel and the Throne of St. Peter carved out of gravestone in the 13st century are notable.
» The church is decorated with a large dome showing importance of the basilica. The dome is mounted on the dome drum with numerous rectangular windows, so there is much light inside.
Santa Maria Formosa, Venice
» One of the interesting architectural features of the church is cream building corbels called apses.
» Another amazing thing is one of the few baroque details of the temple, a grotesque mask at the foot of the bell tower.
» There are several masterpieces of Venetian painting school representatives in the church; Saint Barbara with the Saints by Palma il Vecchio is the main of them.
» Another masterpiece situated in the church is the triptych Madonna della Misericordia by Bartolomeo Vivarini.
Santi Giovanni e Paolo, Venice
» Twenty five Doges of the Venetian Republic and many other prominent personalities were buried there.
» The cathedral has a very large number of works of art.
» Santi Giovanni e Paolo has no bell tower.
» The cathedral has impressive dimensions; it’s 101.6 meters long, 45.8 meters wide and 32.2 m high. The walls are decorated with numerous monuments.
» Interior of the temple is unusual for Venice. Gold and white stucco, as well as green and white marble were used for decoration.
» The Gesuati Church houses the famous painting by Titian, The Martyrdom of St. Lawrence.
» Once, Theophile Gautier, the famous French poet and critic, said that interior decoration makes the chapel of the Virgin to look like a boudoir of an operetta singer.
La Maddalena, Venice
» The church was built in the neoclassical style.
» The architect, Tommaso Temanzza, wanted to reproduce the Roman Pantheon in the construction.
» Today the church isn’t working and is only open on special occasions.
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