“St Mary of Health Day” comes back in Venice on November, 21st

St Mary of Health Day is celebrated every year on 21st November, in honor of Madonna of Health, to which the Basilica placed on Canal Grande is dedicated. It is a catholic event celebrated by Venetians and consists in a votive pilgrimage to the Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute (Basilica of St Mary of Health), which was built in late 17th century for celebrating the end of a terrible period of pestilence.

In 1630 Venice experienced an unusually devastating outbreak of plague. As a votive offering for the city’s deliverance from the pestilence, the Republic of Venice vowed to build and dedicate a church to Our Lady of Health.

For this special event, still nowadays thousands Venetians cross the long temporary bridge of boats (built for the occasion on Canal Grande) to the main altar to thank and to ask the Virgin Mary to intercede for their health.

By the way, this festivity belongs especially to the children: as a matter of fact, in front of the church a fair is set up yearly with several stalls selling the typical Venetian dessert fritòle, sweeties, candies, colored balloons, toys and much more, creating a special atmosphere between the sacred and the profane.

What are you waiting for? If you have never visited Venice, this is the perfect moment!

St Mary of Health Day is waiting for you in Venice!

For further information about this and other events in Venice, please have a look at our online travel guide to Venice: About Venice.

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