"Santa Maria Della Salute" (Venice, Italy)
Photo Copyright: Helen K Beacham 2016
Today (Nov 21, 2017), Venetians celebrate Good Health in a church built in dedication to the Virgin Mary (in thanks for their deliverance from the plague). Pontoon boats are laid out front to back, front to back, to form a bridge across the Grand Canal to the Santa Maria Della Salute cathedral, allowing people to walk across the water. In the church, visitors light a votive candle and pray for another year of good health.
The plague ravaged Venice from 1630 to 1631, killing more than 45,000 people (which was about 1/3 of the population).
I, too, pray for good health this coming year. Time to go take my second dose of meds.
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