The dome of the Basilica della Salute has characterized the scenario of the basin of San Marco in Venice for more than three hundred years, an authoritative testimony of the very high spirituality that marked the seventeenth century in Venice.
In 829, The body of St. Mark was transported from Alexandria, Egypt to Venice (Doge Giustiniano Partecipazio).
A masterpiece capable of resisting lightning, earthquakes, and the passing of the centuries, which today enchants anyone who observes it from afar, the dome has a diameter of 45.5 meters.
The Basilica was consecrated in 324 (or 318) by Pope Sylvester I, and dedicated to the Most Holy Savior. In the ninth century, Sergio III dedicated it to St. John the Baptist, while in the twelfth century. Lucius II also added St. John the Evangelist.
The façade is the magnificent work of Ferdinand Fuga (1741), and faces east, opening in a portico of five arcades on the lower story and three arches in the upper loggia, which covers the thirteenth-century mosaics of the previous façade.
Saint Peter’s Basilica can host 20,000 people. It is 190 m long, the aisles are 58 m wide, the nave is 45.50 m high as far as the vault, the dome is about 136 m high as far as the cross.