Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Church Roof - Il Redentore

I shot this from the vaporetto one summer afternoon a few years back.

This church was commissioned after the devastating plague of 1576 that swept through Venice and killed a third of the city's population.

In 1576 the Doge had vowed to built a church dedicated to Christ the Redeemer (Il Redentore) for bringing an end to the plague.

The feast day for this celebration is the third Sunday in July where much like the celebration at Salute, a temporary bridge of boats spans the waters from Zattere for the faithful to cross and give thanks.

Designed by Palladio and said to be his finest work, it was finished after his death in 1580 by Antonio da Ponte who remained true to the original plans.

To read more about this church, and see some great photos from another blog, go to:


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