Basilica di San Giovanni e Paolo

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Basilica di San Giovanni e Paolo

In 1246, Doge Jacopo Tiepolo donated some swampland to the Dominicans after dreaming of a flock of white doves flying over it. The first church was demolished in 1333, when the current church was begun. It was not completed until 1430.

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Santa Maria dei Miracoli (Marble Church)

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Santa Maria dei Miracoli (Marble Church)

Built between 1481 and 1489 by Pietro Lombardo to house a miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary. The plans for the church were expanded in 1484 to include the construction of a new convent for nuns of St. Clare to the east. The convent was connected to the gallery of the church by an enclosed walkway that was later destroyed.

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Santa Maria della Salute (Saint Mary of Health)

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Santa Maria della Salute (Saint Mary of Health)

A competition was held to design the building. Of the eleven submissions (including designs by Alessandro Varotari, Matteo Ignoli, and Berteo Belli), only two were chosen for the final round. The architect Baldassare Longhena was selected to design the new church. It was finally completed in 1681 the year before Longhena's death. 

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Chiesa Sant' Andrea Apostolo

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Chiesa Sant' Andrea Apostolo

The parish church of Brunate is dedicated to the patron Saint Andrew Apostle and is located in Piazza della Chiesa. 

His earliest records date back to the fourteenth century, together with the annexed monastery today demolished; lastly expanded between 1914 and 1927 (hence the presence of two facades)…

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Duomo di Como (Como Cathedral)

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Duomo di Como (Como Cathedral)

The construction works, started under the supervision of Lorenzo degli Spazzi di Laino, did not finish until 1770 with the completion of the Rococo cupola by Filippo Juvarra. The imposing west front was built between 1457 and 1498 and features a rose window and a portal between two statues of Pliny the Elder and Pliny the Younger, natives of Como.

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Duomo di Pisa (Pisa Cathedral)

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Duomo di Pisa (Pisa Cathedral)

Construction on the cathedral began in 1063 (1064 according to the Pisan calendar of the time) by the architect Buscheto, and expenses were paid using the spoils received fighting against the Muslims in Sicily in 1063.

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Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere (Our Lady in Trastevere)

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Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere (Our Lady in Trastevere)

The Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere is a titular minor basilica in the Trastevere district of Rome, and one of the oldest churches of Rome. The basic floor plan and wall structure of the church date back to the 340s, and much of the structure to 1140-43. The first sanctuary was built in 221 and 227 by Pope Callixtus I and later completed by Pope Julius I. 

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Archbasilica of St. John Lateran

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Archbasilica of St. John Lateran

The archbasilica stands over the remains of the Castra Nova equitum singularium, the "New Fort of the Roman imperial cavalry bodyguards". The fort was established by Septimius Severus in AD 193.

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Basilica Papale di San Pietro in Vaticano (Papal Basilica of St. Peter)

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Basilica Papale di San Pietro in Vaticano (Papal Basilica of St. Peter)

In 1939, in the reign of Pope Pius XII, 10 years of archaeological research began, under the crypt of the basilica, an area inaccessible since the 9th century. The excavations revealed the remains of shrines of different periods at different levels, from Clement VIII (1594) to Callixtus II (1123) and Gregory I (590–604), built over an aedicula containing fragments of bones that were folded in a tissue with gold decorations, tinted with the precious murex purple. Although it could not be determined with certainty that the bones were those of Peter, the rare vestments suggested a burial of great importance. On 23 December 1950, in his pre-Christmas radio broadcast to the world, Pope Pius XII announced the discovery of Saint Peter's tomb.

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Church of the Beatitudes (Tabgha)

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Church of the Beatitudes (Tabgha)

The modern church was built between 1936 and 1938 near the site of the fourth-century Byzantine ruins. The floor plan is octagonal, the eight sides representing the eight Beatitudes. The church is Neo-Byzantine in style with a marble veneer casing the lower interior walls and gold mosaic in the dome. Around the altar are mosaic symbols on the pavement representing Justice, Prudence, Fortitude, Temperance, Faith, Hope, and Charity.

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