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  • The Church of Santa Maria Formosa, built in 1492, is an architectural masterpiece by Mauro Codussi, and marks the introduction into Venice of the sculptural and spatial vision embodied in the Tuscan Renaissance.

    The Latin-cross layout, with central nave and two side aisles, respects the foundations of the original VIIth century church (which, according to tradition, was one of the eight founded by St. Magnus, Bishop of Oderzo, after the Virgin appeared to him in a vision as a magnificent buxom (formosa) matron.

    Codussi built the church precisely over the existing foundations of the earlier XIIth century Greek-cross plan and crowned it with a dome, creating a well-articulated space with a strong and suggestive central focus, in which the complex structure of vaults and domes seems to float above the steady light flowing through the deep windows of the bearing walls.

  • Free admission to three churches on the Chorus Circuit | Only for Venezia FC Insider Pass International

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