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Santa Maria e San Donato
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Murano - Santa Maria e San Donato

Murano - Santa Maria e San Donato
The first church probably existed here, on the siland of Murona, already in the 7th century. A large church, named "Santa Mariae plebis Murianensis" was erected within the 10th century. Legends connect the building to Otto I, and it is proven that it was completed in 999.

This church got rebuild around 1040. In 1125, the relics of St. Donatus, that had been attained by the Venitian forces, led by Doge Domenico Michele, were translated to this church. The church and the campanile are built with red bricks.

Santa Maria e San Donato, once the cathedral of the Bishops of Murano and Torcellino, is known for the fantastic floor mosaics and cosmatesque decorations, that, following the inscription, seen here, was completed 1140.

The mosaics cover the complete floor of the church. Many birds of different species, always symmetrically placed, flanking a tree or flower can be seen under the church benches.

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