Venice 2013 - Santa Maria della Salute
To me one of the most iconic buildings in Venice is the Santa Maria della Salute. Located at the Eastern tip of Dorsoduro Sestieri, this church has a beautiful silhouette that is visible along the waterfront of Doge's Palace. The church was built in the 16th Century as an offering after Venice's deliverance from a very devastating outbreak of the plaque. It was designed by Baldassare Longhena, a Venetian architect who was the only pupil of Vincenzo Scamozzi - an influential architect and writer in the 15th and 16th Century.
The church was designed in the Baroque Style that was popular at the time. It is octagonal in plan and covered with 2 domes - one big and one smaller. There are 2 bell towers that are also terminated with 2 small domes. The overall composition is very pleasing to the eye, and its beautiful form has inspired many artists over the centuries such as Caneletto, JMW Turner and John Singer Sargent.
The interior of the church is even more impressive. The two-tone colour scheme which expresses the colour of the materials is very striking.
From here you also get great views back to San Marco - with many of the beautiful palazzos right in front of you eyes for easy admiration.
Many come here to enjoy the views and relax as it is less crowded compared to the main islands.There were also some who came to practice their hidden talents.