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The Church of Santa Maria della salute: photos, description Santa Maria della Salute)

In 1630 Venice was struck by a terrible plague, during which killed many people. And then the Senate decided that if we manage to get rid of the epidemic, in honor of the virgin Mary will be built a huge temple. With the plague managed to cope and Senate announced a competition for the best project of the Church.

Young Baldassarre Longhena won the competition and work started in 1631, but suddenly had to face great difficulties. First and foremost the soil, unable to bear the weight of the structure began to settle and Longhena was forced to strengthen his scoring pile. But when it came to the construction of the Central dome, it was found that the walls were not ready to support its weight, and then the young architect was forced to rise to maintain the drum's original and quaint "snail". When in 1687 the Church was consecrated, it's been five years since the death of Baldassarre Longhena.

Simple and impressive interior octagonal shape with six side chapels, on the arches which has the drum of the dome. Marble sculpture at the Central altar depicts the "Plague of fleeing the virgin Mary" created by Giusto Le Court. The Church kept also the works of Tintoretto and Titian.