Duomo di Murano Santi Maria e Donato

Duomo di Murano Santi Maria e Donato

Duomo di Murano Santi Maria e Donato

Duomo di Murano Santi Maria e Donato
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia22,930 contributions
We sailed by vaporetto all the way to Murano Cathedral. Alas, we didn't see anything inside, because the cathedral was closed. The cathedral of the VII century, rebuilt in the XII century, retained the features of the Romanesque style. If you manage to visit inside, you need to see mosaics dedicated naturally to the Virgin Mary of the XIII century, the mosaic floor of the XII century and the cathedral arch in the form of a ship keel, popular in Venice.
Written June 26, 2022
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durham05
Durham, UK1,232 contributions
Solo
Really enjoyed my visit here and thought the mosaics excellent. Did take some photos although I was challenged by the caretaker (who did back down when I argued about what this policy has to do with Christianity). Not to be missed if on Murano. Equally impressive from the outside.
Written February 17, 2020
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Richard M
Colfax, WI29 contributions
Couples
OK, I admit to being a sucker for floor mosaics. By themselves, they earn this duomo 5 balls from me. But, really, you need to see this one. Get off the Vaporetto at Navagero instead of Colonna. Walk up the Fondamenta (where there are less trafficked shops) so that you see it first across the canal with the bridge in the foreground. Stop to appreciate the view. Cross the bridge and walk around the square, looking at its colonnades from all sides. Look at the other historic buildings in the square before you enter. Spend the 2 Euro to turn on the lights over the mosaic and walk up to look at it - it's beautiful. Look up at the wooden ceiling and the antique chandeliers. Check out the possible remains of St Donatus in the side chapel and his dragon's ribs over the altar - he was a little guy and it looks like a big dragon. Sit down for a minute and just enjoy the peace of this place. Now, before you leave, do me a favor: Walk around and look at the floor mosaics. Pick up one of the brochures (0.5 Euro) before you leave so you can relive the experience when you come home. I came back here 3 times during my week-long stay in Venice - and, yes, there are churches in Venice. On my list of favorite places.
Written September 18, 2014
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IlyaNJ
Marlboro, NJ835 contributions
The interior of the church did not impress me anywhere near as much as the exterior. Furthermore, the altar area was completely covered for restovation, yet the full entry fee - however small at €3.50 - was still required. There may be more reason to go inside once the restoration is over.
Written July 6, 2022
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Polly S
South Wales, UK53 contributions
Couples
This is a must ...the floor is 2,000 years old my other half is a geologist and spent most of his time dating the stone and rocks for most places we went to. The floor is older than the building and it is a shame you cannot take photos.
Written April 8, 2012
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Gina M
California19 contributions
Couples
If you’re like us, spending the day on Murano, this is well worth a visit. If you pay 2E to the box on the left side of the church you can illuminate the gold mosaic in the center for three minutes. The outside is nice, the inside has a lot of history and the mosaic floors are unusual. You’re not supposed to take pictures inside, but it seems like the important part is to be respectful.
Written September 28, 2019
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bonmarche
Orlando, FL183 contributions
Couples
It is known for its twelfth century Byzantine mosaic pavement and is said to contain the relics of Saint Donatus of Arezzo. Also there are sppossedly large bones behind the altar that are the bones of a dragon slain by the saint. You can't see them though because no one is allowed to go there. It was originally built in the 7th century and is known to have been rebuilt in the 9th century and again in 1040 AD, although it is possible that there have been more rebuildings. The bell tower stands alone and has some nice statues in the grassy area there. The front of the church is on the side away from the canal. The most impressive facade is the colonnaded east side, which faces the canal.

The church is not worth a special trip to Murano, but if you're already there, then you should at least check it out.
Written February 26, 2015
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fabioinmontreal
Montreal, Canada4,763 contributions
Friends
Really must see in Murano. What amazing Cathedral. They are doing serious restoration, so several parts were covered and not accessible. Still, it was worth just being there and seeing the amazing art work inside.
Mosaic ,,,Altar… just about every detail is amazing .
Written September 29, 2014
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Norman S
Harwich, MA119 contributions
Some of the churches encourage you to take photos, most don't allow it (flash or not) - please don't do it here. The resident caretaker was very particular. However, he was also very helpful in describing the history of the church and making us feel comfortable with our wanderings. This is special old church with roots going back to 800 ad. One thing that amazed me was the fact that on an island that is sinking, they have been able to preserve and maintain the church for all these centuries. One particular restoration allowed the stabilization of the roof by jacking up the columns and then shimming underneath the base of the column with different thicknesses of marble to make it all level again. So even though the floor is all wavy up an down (and covered with beautiful mosaics) the roof is straight and solid.
Written October 23, 2019
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David M
London, UK835 contributions
Solo
This Duomo only takes a few minutes to admire from the inside and out but is definitely worth a stop. It is just along the canal from the main glass museum as well. There is some interesting background information on its restoration, suffering from water intrusion and other problems unsurprisingly common to somewhere like Venice. There is a very impressive glass mosaic inside the building and mosaics on the floor which are the most impressive of their kind that I have seen in Venice and perhaps more widely.
Written September 11, 2019
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