Madonna della Salute

By Philippa Burne, UK, November 2011

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In 1630-31, Venice was gripped by a second plague in a century. It claimed nearly 100,000 lives, or one in three Venetians. The Doge appealed to the Virgin Mary, promising to build a magnificent church of thanks if the plague ended. End it did and he made good on his promise with the Church of Madonna della Salute.

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