Punta della Dogana e Basilica della Salute

Punta della Dogana is an art museum in one of Venice’s old customs buildings, the Dogana da Mar.

It also refers to the triangular area of Venice where the Grand Canal meets the Giudecca Canal, and its collection of buildings: Santa Maria della SalutePatriarchal Seminary of Venice, and Dogana da Mar at the triangle’s tip.

Santa Maria della Salute is a roman Catholic church is dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

It was built in the 17th century when Venice was delivered from the plague.

It stands on the narrow finger of Punta della Dogana, between the Grand Canal and the Giudecca Canal, at the Bacino di San Marco, making the church visible when entering the Piazza San Marco from the water. The Salute is part of the parish of the Gesuati and is the most recent of the so-called plague churches.

The set of statues that decorate the façade create a beautiful effect as a whole, while the interior, with its octagonal plan, displays important paintings such as the altarpiece by Titian in the Sacristy.

The dome of the Salute was an important addition to the Venice skyline and soon became emblematic of the city, inspiring artists like Canaletto, J. M. W. Turner, John Singer Sargent, and the Venetian artist Francesco Guardi.

Address: Dorsoduro, 1, 30123 Venezia VE

For more info (timetables, prices, reservation) here’s the link to the official website:  https://basilicasalutevenezia.it/

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