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Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta

Torcello, 30012 Venice, Italy
041 730119
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Ranked #40 of 212 attractions in Venice
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Churches/ Cathedrals
Description: This cathedral was first built in the seventh century.
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Strongsville, Ohio
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162 reviews 162 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014 via mobile

Not much to see. It is interesting and has some beautiful mosaics. Beware there is a €5 charge and no photos are allowed.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Visited the Basilica as part of the Alilaguna islands tour. The basilica has a lot of history and great architecture but I found that there were other churches and basilicas in Venice that were much more awe inspiring.

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Bath
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

After beings disappointed at San Marco we stumbled across this more ordinary church, though of course there are no ordinary churches in Venice. What a gem, airy and light, with beautiful stonework all inlaid with grey in white marbles, like a silver grey curtain effect. So beautiful and peaceful.

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Ft Walton Beach, FL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

If you are looking for quiet respite from the hustle and bustle of Venice you should visit Burano (reviewed separately) and Torcello islands. A very nice canal-side walk from the vaperetto stop will lead you to the ancient cathedral of Torcello Basilica Santa Maria Assunta, founded in 639, and next-door the Chiesa Santa Fosca di Torcello, an octagonal church, still... More

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

A beautiful and romantic spot, the ancient cathedral of Torcello Basilica Santa Maria Assunta was founded in 639 (639!!). It is an amazing example of Venetian-Byzantine architecture. Extensive renovations around 864 and 1000 AD altered the original church, but considering the "updates" still date from around 1000 years ago what remains is a testament to a bygone epoch when Torcello... More

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New Marske
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

Architecture was outstanding - even if you are not religious you will be amazed at the detailing and the atmosphere here - well worth a visit.

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Waterloo, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

This church is on the island of Torcello in the Venetian lagoon. After the carnival-midway atmosphere of St Mark's square, and the tourist trap of Murano, Torcello's serenity is a welcome respite. We strolled along the path beside the tranquil lagoon and admired the little "Devil's Bridge" before arriving at Santa Maria Assunta. The church is famous for its 12th... More

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Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

a charge of 3 euros as a contribution to the maintenance of Basilica so much history ,,,,built in the 1400's ...paintings inside and everything is just unbelievable ....tells quite a story

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Dublin, Ireland
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115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

The cathedral is located in the island of Torcello, away from usual touristic stops. It is a gem of Byzantine art and my jaws almost dropped while admiring the mosaic of the last judgement in one of its façade. There is a fee of 5 Euro and it worth a visit. Unfortunately during our visit, the bell tower was under... More

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Oeiras, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

This is an unique church in Venice due to the way it is decorated inside, all in multicoloured stone.

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