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Churches on the Lagoon Islands

torcelloSome of the oldest, most beautiful, and most magical churches are out in the lagoon - the two ancient churches on Torcello and Santi Maria e Donato on Murano are among my all-time favorites. This photo of Santa Fosca was taken from the Torcello campanile - one of three campanili in Venice that you can go into and up for an aerial view. And this particular one does not have an elevator/lift like the ones in San Marco and San Giorgio Maggiore do! It's not a bad climb though - you climb on ramps rather than stairs.

Go to Torcello! (That's what I tell anyone who asks me about visiting any of the lagoon islands).


Churches on the Lagoon Islands

Santa Maria Assunta (Torcello)
Santa Fosca (Torcello)

San Pietro Martire (Murano)
Santa Maria degli Angeli (Murano)
SS. Maria e Donato (Murano)
Santa Chiara (former church, now a glass factory)

San Martino (Burano)
Santa Maria delle Grazie (Burano)
Santa Caterina (Mazzorbo)

San Francesco del Deserto
San Lazzaro degli Armeni
San Clemente
San Servolo
Sacca Sessola
Santa Maria delle Grazie (Isola di SM delle Grazie)

Cristo Re (Isola di Sant’Erasmo)
Sant’Eurosia alle Vignole (Isola delle Vignole)

Santa Maria della Vittoria (Lido)
Santa Maria Elisabetta (Lido)
San Nicolo del Lido (Lido)
Sant’ Antonio (Lido)
Sant’ Ignazio (Lido)
Santa Maria Assunta (Malamocco)
Santa Maria della Salute Alberoni (Alberoni)

This list came from the Patriarch of Venice website.

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Comments (2)


I found your blog such a help when visiting Venice. Thank you!

Can you point me in the right direction to find more information about San Pietro Martire (Murano), particularly about the sacristy. A Google search has not given me any leads. Thank you in anticipation.

Hi Yvonne,

Here's what Lorenzetti (Venice and Its Lagoon) says about the sacristy of that church:

"Good wall panelling carved with half bust caryatids and reliefs with Scenes from the Life of John the Baptist, work by Pietro Morando (1652-1656) from the Scuola di San Giovanni dei Battuti"

He also says that this church was closed and stripped of all its art in the early 19th century and then when it re-opened, it was decorated with art from other closed churches and scuole.

Hope that helps some. Maybe googling the artist's name will find some photos.

Take care, Annie

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