Italy is known for many historical and cultural sites and magnificent churches. One of them is the Church of Santa Maria Miracoli (Church of Miracles Santa Maria) in Venice. The church is located near the famous Rialto Bridge. This church was built by a single artist consistently and continuously. This is one of the most pioneering and spectacular representations of the Venetian Renaissance. Others called it the “Marble Church” because most of its walls are made of colored marble stones and giving it a unique and imposing appearance as it is reflected in the water of canal.
A bit of history – the Church of Santa Maria was built during the eighties by an artist named Pietro Lombardo. The colorful structure was intended to be dedicated to the Virgin Mary, and her holy son. In the 15th century, the Virgin Mary was known in Catholic Italy for miracles that believers believed she had performed (hence the name). Many generous donations came from devout believers to help build the elegant structure, which after its construction became a symbol of pride in the city. Hundreds of years later, over 10 years (1987-1997), an organization called “Save Venice” renovated the place from the ground up, costing no less than 4 million dollars.
What to see – The church structure was taken from a fairy tale. The church’s interior is as colorful as its exterior and is decorated with colored windows and large marble stones in pink, white, and gray colors. The place is not big but rich in art and history, you can wander around it and observe works of art by many artists – sculptures and portrait paintings of Christian prophets and saints as well as a magnificent altar built in honor of the Virgin Mary.
Major attractions in the area – the church is located in the heart of touristic Venice, near many historical and cultural sites. You can combine a trip in the room with destinations such as the famous Marciana Library (Biblioteca Marciana), the magnificent Basilica di San Marco (Basilica di San Marco), and the Arsenale historical museum tower. If the walking trip made you hungry or thirsty, There are quite a few quality bars and restaurants in the area.
Price – an entrance ticket to the site costs 3 euros.
Opening times – the church is open to visitors from Monday to Saturday. Opening hours are 10:30-16:30. Please note that the latest entry will be allowed until approximately 10 minutes before closing time.
How to get there – water bus (Vaporetto) to the nearby Rialto station.