Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta


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Built in 639 and enlarged in 824, The Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta, located in campiello Lazzari in Venice, owes its present structure to the partial reconstruction ordered in 1008 by Bishop Orso Orseolo, son of Doge Peter II. The church is of basilican type divided into three naves, with 18 Greek marble columns, divided into 12 modules and has a marble portal with 9th-century jambs and architrave decorated with bas-reliefs with vine-shoots from the 11th century. Grandiose Venetian-Byzantine mosaics embellish the interior, starting with that on the floor and continuing with that adorning the apse basin and triumphal arch, depicting the 12 apostles, the Annunciation and the Virgin Theotoga. To the left of the high altar is the original inscription of the church's foundation, the oldest document in Venetian history. Along the right side are several windows whose shutters are made of imposing stone slabs.

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