Basilica dei Santi Maria e Donato
The Basilica dei Santi Maria e Donato was founded in the 7th or the
10th Century, depending on which historians you believe. The current church was
finished in 1141, and its Byzantine interior is reminiscent of the Basilica di
San Marco in Venice with its dome of gold glass mosaic and its elaborately
inlaid floor. This is one of the most interesting churches in the Venetian
lagoon (along with the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in Torcello, another
must-see island on any Venetian
Important: The Basilica dei Santi Maria e
Donato is open only in the mornings and late afternoons on weekdays and in the
late afternoon on Sunday, so don't schedule your visit for lunchtime. Sometimes
there's a small admission charge and sometimes you can get in free (depending on
the season), but if nobody is on hand to sell you a ticket, we suggest leaving a
small donation to help with the basilica's upkeep.
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