Il Redentore

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Lonely Planet review

Even from afar, you can’t miss Palladio’s 1577 Il Redentore , a triumph of white marble along the Grand Canal cele­brating the city’s deliverance from the Black Death. Inside over the portal, Paolo Piazza’s strikingly modern 1619 Gratitude of Venice for Liberation from the Plague shows the city held aloft by angels in sobering shades of grey. Survival is never taken for granted by Venetians, who walk across the Giudecca Canal on a shaky pontoon bridge from the Zattere to give thanks during the Festa del Redentore (Feast of the Redeemer).