In the shadow of Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute

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Taken the 09/08/10
The church was designed in the then fashionable Palladian style by Baldassare Longhena (http://www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baldassare_Longhena ), a pupil of the Venetian architect Andrea Palladio, and construction began in 1631.
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On November 21 of each year, city workers lay a pontoon bridge over the Grand Canal from the San Marco district to the Salute church. The huge main doors of the basilica are opened, and Venetians walk across the canal to pay their respects to the Virgin Mary or--at the very least--to tradition. Gondoliers bring their oars to be blessed by a priest who recites his incantations from the church steps.

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Andrew Varlamov
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Latitude: 45° 25' 51" N, Longitude: 12° 20' 5" E see »

Location: Venezia, Italy

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