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Inside the 17th-century church of Santa Maria della Salute in Venice. 
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Inside the 17th-century church of Santa Maria della Salute in Venice.

Wikipedia: The Basilica of St Mary of Health (Italian: Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute), commonly known simply as the Salute, is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica located in the Dorsoduro sestiere of the Italian city of Venice. It stands on a narrow finger of land between the Grand Canal and 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.

In 1630 Venice experienced an unusually devastating outbreak of the plague. As a votive offering for the city's deliverance from the pestilence, the Republic of Venice vowed to build and dedicate a church to Our Lady of Health (or of Deliverance, Italian: Salute). The church was designed in the then fashionable baroque style by Baldassare Longhena, who studied under the architect Vincenzo Scamozzi. Construction began in 1631. Most of the objects of art housed in the church bear references to the Black Death.

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Venice: the dome of Santa Maria della Salute
Campo Santa Margarita (St. Margaret's Square) in the Dorsoduro district of Venice. 
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Campo Santa Margarita (St. Margaret's Square) in the Dorsoduro district of Venice.
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Sunset on the Zattere promenade on the southern shore of the Dorsoduro district of Venice. 
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Sunset on the Zattere promenade on the southern shore of the Dorsoduro district of Venice.
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A quick espresso plus ice cream in a Zattere bar
Punta della Dugana on the Dorsoduro island of Venice, Italy, offers a magnificent view of San Marco Basin. 
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Punta della Dugana on the Dorsoduro island of Venice, Italy, offers a magnificent view of San Marco Basin.

The tip of the island was for years occupied by a customs house that has been recently redesigned by Japanese architect Tadao Ando to house François Pinault's collection of contemporary art. The statue inside the glass box is Boy with a Frog by Charles Ray (2009).

Looking towards the sea you can see the Doge's Palace, the domes of St. Mark's basilica and its campanile on the left, and the waterfront of the Giudecca island with the San Giorgio Maggiore church on the right.

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