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Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta

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Address: Torcello, 30012 Venice, Italy
Phone Number: 041 730119
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Description: This cathedral was first built in the seventh century.
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Private Tour: Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Tour

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Мagnificent mosaics!

The Basilica Santa Maria Assunta is of historical importance. When you enter (admission of 5 Euro) the cathedral you are immediately struck by its solemnity and size. Founded... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 21, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

The Basilica Santa Maria Assunta is of historical importance. When you enter (admission of 5 Euro) the cathedral you are immediately struck by its solemnity and size. Founded in the seventh century, today's cathedral mostly dates to an eleventh-century reconstruction. On the walls and apse are some magnificent mosaics which would make the trip worthwhile on their own: a lovely... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

This a must see a 40 min boat ride from Saint Marco to the island of Torcello to see this ancient cathedral of Venetian Byzantine period, apparently built in the 6th century, has the earliest mosaics of the Venetian period the church is going under some major restoration work which meant we could not visit the bell tower, the island... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

We were stunned by the mosaics that cover the west wall of the basilica depicting the last judgement, with amazing angels and devils. We liked a lot the fragment showing how they fight over the human souls. It's incredible how it's preserved. We were one of few people visiting - that was around 2 pm in December. It was one... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Something of a relic of the other, Byzantine-influenced Venice with a simpler, not-so-refine exterior, but impressive mosaics inside. The bell-tower is a must, because from there one can see the sparsely inhabited wetlands on which Venice actually arose.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Yes !! One of the reason people visit torcello is because of this Cathederal , Yes its A classic wooden Cathederal unlike other that you see in venice or milan, these one is one of my personal favourite to spent few hours on your day to get away from the hustle and bustle of Venize . Queit,Sereene, and in front... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

You have to understand that this island is tiny. There is only one path to follow from where the Vaporetto stops you. You pass along the Devil's Bridge (interesting story) and you end up in front of this huge Basilica. You would expect a tiny chapel or maybe a small church but no... a large religious structure dominates the island.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

After all the bustle of the main city, this peaceful island is a real joy and I would urge all visitors to Venice to take the time to spend a morning here. The mosaic depicting The Bible from Genesis to The Crucifixion is so beautiful it makes me want to weep just thinking about it. This is the one church... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

This is the oldest church in Venice and the history was worth it, but my tour guide really brought that history out and was well worth the 4,50 extra over the 5 Euros to get into the church. By getting the tour you are able to see the crypt and sacristy. The only issue is they do not let you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The basilica is located on the island of Torcello. We saw ot as part of an iland tour, Murano, Burano and Torcello. The basilliaca was the main attraction. Torcello is the oldest continuously populated region of venice. Well worth seeing for its Byzantine art and containing the earliest mosaics in the area of Venice. The is a charge for entry... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

It was such a shame the place was covered in scaffold as it is the most amazing building with some of the best views should you dare to climb the higaldy pigaldy steps. Not one for the feint hearted or with any problems walking.

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