Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, Venice
Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute viewed from the top of Campaline di San Marco tower (In St Mark's Square). An overcast day after raining since morning, the tower gives a panoramic view of the entire city of Venice. The basilica stands out in the south west. The Basilica is a Roman Catholic Church.
In 1630, Venice experienced an unusually devastating outbreak of the plague. As a votive offering for the city's deliverance from the pestilence, the Republic of Venice vowed to build and dedicate a church to Our Lady of Health (or of Deliverance, Italian: Salute). The church was designed in the then fashionable baroque style by Baldassare Longhena, who studied under the architect Vincenzo Scamozzi. Construction began in 1631. Most of the objects of art housed in the church bear references to the Black Death.