Santa Maria Assunta

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Dating from 638, the basilica of Santa Maria Assunta is the oldest building on the lagoon. The interior has an elaborate 11th-century mosaic floor, but the main draws are the vivid mosaics on the ceiling vault and walls, which range in date from the ninth century to the end of the 12th. The apse has a simple but stunning mosaic of a Madonna and Child on a plain gold background, while the other end of the cathedral is dominated by a huge mosaic of the Last Judgement. The theological rigour and narrative complexity of this huge composition suggest comparisons with the Divine Comedy, which Dante was writing at about the same time, however the anonymous mosaicists of Torcello were even more concerned than him with striking fear into the hearts of their audience.


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Santa Maria Assunta details

Address

Area Venice

Telephone 041 270 2464

Open 10am-4.30pm daily.

Admission €4. Audio guide €1.

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