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GetCOO | Chiesa di Santa Margherita

Chiesa di Santa Margherita

One of the oldest churches in Venice, originally built by the merchant Geniano Busignaco in 836 and consecrated in 853, during the reign of doge Pietro Tradonico. The first certain documentation for this first church is 1108. It was said to have been a three-aisled basilica with a gold-covered apse with mosaics and to have had a dome supported by four marble columns. By the time of De Barbari's map there is no dome. The current church dates from the 1687 rebuilding by Giovanni Battista Lambranzi, the parish priest, also responsible for the nearby, and similarly plain-fronted, church of Le Eremite (see above).