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The vow

Alessandro Varotari, Il doge Alvise Mocenigo inginocchiato dinanzi al modello del Redentore

On September 4, 1576, the Senate decided that the Doge should announce the vow to erect a church dedicated to the Redentore (Redeemer), in return for help in ending the plague.

Rappresentazione simbolica dell'omaggio al RedentoreEach year, on the anniversary of the day that the city was publicly proclaimed free of the disease, the Venetians pay homage at the basilica in memory of the good brought to the city.

Dipinto raffigurante la chiesa del RedentoreThe votive church

On 3 May, 1577, with the plague not yet officially eradicated, the first stone of Palladio’s votive church was laid, and it was consecrated in 1592 (12 years after the famous architect’s death).

La facciata della chiesa del RedentoreThe facade has four enormous columns supporting a large triangular tympanum and appears to be on three levels.

The interior is both solemn and simple, with a Latin cross design.

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