Basilica dei SS Maria e Donato

sights / Religious

Basilica dei SS Maria e Donato information

Venice , Italy
Campo San Donato
Getting there
Ferry: Museo
Opening hours
9am-noon & 3.30-7pm Mon-Sat, 3.30-7pm Sun
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Fire-breathing is the unifying theme of Murano’s medieval church, with its 12th-century gilded glass Madonna apse mosaic made in Murano’s fornaci (furnaces) and the bones of a dragon hanging behind the altar. According to legend, these are the bones of a beast slayed by San Donato, whose mortal remains also rest here. The other masterpiece here is underfoot: a Byzantine-style 12th-century mosaic pavement of waving geometric patterns and peacocks rendered in porphyry, serpentine and other precious stones.