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Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta

Torcello, 30012 Venice, Italy
041 730119
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Ranked #41 of 213 attractions in Venice
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Churches/ Cathedrals
Description: This cathedral was first built in the seventh century.
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London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

This place is definitely worth visiting. You'll have to put up with a packed vaporetto of murano-bound tourists, but once you get to Burano, it's a short hop over to Torcello and a lovely canal-side walk to the Basilica. The basilica has a humble feel compared to the bombastic interior of San Marco, but the mosaics are just as impressive.... More

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Duluth, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

We visited this church as part of a three-island tour (Murano, Burano, Torcello), and this was the highlight - not just for the tour but for all of the churches we visited in Venice. There's a sense of peace to be found here, in part because few others from our boat decided to step inside. The mosaic of the Last... More

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Venice, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta (Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta) on the island of Torcello could not be more different than I Gesuiti (church of Santa Maria Assunta -- but nobody calls it that) in the Cannaregio sestiere of Venice. Santa Maria Assunta on TORCELLO was founded in the 7th century, in 639. I Gesuiti (which means Jesuits) was... More

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

Gorgeous from the moment you enter it. There is much more than the famous Assumption painting. Highly recommended.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

It is in a rather remote section of the city, and is easily the most overlooked church in Venice. We found it only because a private tour guide we had hired took us there. The interior is indescribably beautiful - all of the walls look like they are covered in fabric or wallpaper, but it is actually blue and white... More

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

The Church on Torcello, the oldest inhabited part of the Venice Lagoon is a true beauty worth seeking out. The voyage by ferry (take the line 12 ferry from fondamente nuova and change at burano to the number 9 for the final leg, around 1 hour all up) and enjoy the views. Torcello is quiet and pretty. The church dates... More

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

Stunning church decorated in grey damask pattern, all of which is marble inlay including amazing drapery effects. Lovely height, paintings, painted ceilings etc but most remarkable is the use of marble. Currently being restored but you can see most of it and it is free. What a discovery!

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Cape Town, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

We stumbled on this church by accident as we tried our best to see parts of Venice were people still live. On the day were were almost run over twice by boys of 4 or 5 years old who were riding their little scooters better than most grown men ride their bicycles. Personally, I think this church is even more... More

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turnberry
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

There is a mix up of photograp[hs and reviews for this one. The basilica on Torcello - also known as S. Maria Assunta and the Chiesa di S. Maria Assunta which is in Venice.

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Uppsala, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

You have to take the boat from Venice to Murano, then to Burano and finally to Torcello to get here. The inside of this church is very special and truly marvelous. Especially the mosaics on the back wall (use guide or other information to understand everything in it). One of my favorite churches in Venice. No photos allowed.

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