Thursday Doors: Basilica di Santa Maria Della Salute in Venice.

The following photos are my contribution to Thursday Doors, a door-lovers group hosted by Norm Frampton.


This week’s door post is from an excursion to the Basilica di Santa Maria Della Salute in Venice.  The Salute, as it’s called by the locals, is an impressive domed Baroque church.  It’s located on a narrow strip of land between the Grand Canal and St. Mark’s Basin.

Photo taken by Nathan Cox

To get there, we chose to walk the narrow winding alleyways and streets.  Here are a few doors we found along the way.




IMG_20200115_164557The dome of the Salute can be seen from all over the city.

IMG_20200115_154457Salute was founded in 1631.  It was built to commemorate the end of a terrible outbreak of the plague that began in 1630.  The building took fifty-six years to build and was completed in 1687.

Photo taken by Nathan Cox

IMG_20200115_170423 (1)The exterior of the basilica is adorned with 125 statues.

Photo taken by Nathan Cox

The inside of the Salute was grand yet peaceful.  We sat awhile and listened to a children’s choir.

IMG-20200508-WA0040We stayed until the sun went down.

IMG_20200115_171233I hope you enjoyed!  More photos from Venice on their way next week.  Thank you for stopping by.


If you are interested, here are the accompanying posts of our family trip to Venice in January.  Thursday Doors: On to Venice, Thursday Doors: First Day in VeniceThursday Doors: Along the Canals in VeniceThursday Doors: The Alleyways of Venice.

To see more doors from all around the globe, visit Norm’s.  Stay safe, stay well!

17 Comments Add yours

    1. Thank you so much, Sheree, I’m glad you liked!! 🙂

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  1. Dan Antion says:

    I have really enjoyed this series of photos.

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    1. I am so glad, Dan! 🙂

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  2. DrJunieper says:

    The sights of the church by the water, seems familiar – have probably seen it:) Beautiful churches, and lovely boats, with a great Venice atmosphere! How did you manage to keep people out of your captured?? A feat in itself! How are things going in France. Read to my dismay what is happening to Hong Kong. Is your family member sure to continue living there?It takes a lot of courage to stay there.. How are you doing in France – are things in reversal? Hope so, and if not: very soon!

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    1. I really did enjoy the atmosphere in Venice with the interesting architecture, the canals, boats, doors (of course), and the churches everywhere. France has begun to open-up somewhat as of May 11th, though schools are slower to open than anticipated as teachers and administration are hesitant to go back. I’ve noticed more people are wearing masks and practicing social distancing as of late. Restaurants, etc. are still closed. The internal borders in the Schengen zone are scheduled to re-open on June 15th, but we’ll see. My heart breaks for good friends in HK. HK has been our home base for many years. We have people we care about who are on the front lines, including someone in the government who opposes (well you know). I lose sleep for worrying about them. We were scheduled to fly back to HK this month but … now we are not sure when. Maybe at the end of the summer. My daughter, Sarah, left Hong Kong at the beginning of the year and is now living back in the US. Thank you so much for asking!! Are you keeping busy with painting, writing, and downsizing? It’s good to have projects to keep us occupied mentally and physically during this time I think. Take care!


  3. Norm 2.0 says:

    Great captures. It’s a stunning building inside and out. Can’t help but wonder if they’ll build another grand church to give thanks when the current pandemic is all over 🙂

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    1. That’s a nice idea! Thank you, Norm, for your kind comment.

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  4. Timothy says:

    Quite the doors. It’s always good to have buildings that are several hundred years old to choose from. Keep sharing and thanks.

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    1. Thank you so much, Timothy! There are an incredible amount of such buildings and doors here in southern Europe (Italy, France, and Spain). I have many shots from recent trips (before the lockdown) to make months and months of posts. It’s nice as I moved to France from Hong Kong and the amount of doors (though there are awesome gates) are far harder to find.

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      1. Timothy says:

        Yes, I remember being in southern Italy and loving the architecture. Sadly, all the photos I took were on slides, and they are no more.

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      2. I get that. Photos from my family’s early days in China are on slides and in my parent’s attic. =)

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  5. How wonderful! I don’t think I’ve seen a letterbox off-centre like that before.

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    1. And, I didn’t notice it until you mentioned it. 🙂 Thank you for commenting!


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