Santa Maria dei Miracoli

Santa Maria dei Miracoli

Santa Maria dei Miracoli, Venice

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This beautiful church is one of the earliest examples of Renaissance style buildings in Venice. Visitors can now fully enjoy the church, thanks to recent restoration works which returned it to its original beauty.

The Church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli was built during the early Renaissance. The construction of the church began in 1481, with a project by Pietro Lombardo, aimed to provide a worthy home for the icon of the Virgin which had been venerated since 1408.

The available funds far exceeded the costs of construction; thus the procurators decided to expand upon the existing plan. The structure, initially intended as a shrine, was transformed into a monastic institution.

Santa Maria dei Miracoli is also known as the "marble church". It is located in the Sestiere of Cannaregio. This church represents one of the most important examples of the Venetian Renaissance. The interior is enclosed by a wide barrel vault with a single nave.

The nave is dominated by an ornamental marble staircase rising between two pulpits with statues by Tullio Lombardo, Alessandro Vittoria and Nicolò di Pietro.

It is one of the most attractive religious buildings in Europe. One side of its polychrome–marbled facade runs alongside a canal creating colorful and shimmering reflections.

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