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Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta

Torcello, 30012 Venice, Italy
041 730119
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Ranked #45 of 215 attractions in Venice
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Churches/ Cathedrals
Description: This cathedral was first built in the seventh century.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

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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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Scenic, lovely, fun, elegant views for walking and socialising. I would return again. Vibrant atmosphere.

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Cheshunt, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

You may have to queue if you do not go early, but well worth it. There is a guided tour, but you can easily just browse yourself and marvel at the goldsmiths work and the Byzantine craftsmanship. If you visit this first it will give you a better insight into the whole city.

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Strongsville, Ohio
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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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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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