Basilica dei SS Maria e Donato
Museo del Vetro
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Gelateria al Ponte
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Campo San Donato · interesting places nearby
Basilica dei SS Maria e Donato information
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 and the legendary 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.