Basilica dei Santi Maria e Donato

The lovely 12th-century Veneto-Byzantine Basilica dei Santi Maria e Donato.
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Murano's greatest architectural treat is the lovely 12th-century Veneto-Byzantine Basilica dei Santi Maria e Donato, just past the glass museum on Fondamenta San Giustinian. Visit Murano when the church is open. Inside is a lovely coloured mosaic floor, and dominating the church is a grand Byzantine mosaic in the apse, portraying the Madonna against a gold background. As well as the remains of St. Donato, the church also supposedly possesses the bones of the dragon he killed with his holy spit.

Posted by Jack on 14 October, 2007

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