Santa Maria Assunta is Venice's first cathedral, it was first built in the 7th century & then rebuilt in the 11th. Inside are beautiful byzantine Mosaics, pictures include Mary, and the Last Judgement.
The artifacts on display on the walls outside the museum on torcello alos include this winged lion - the symbol of Venice which is found everywhere. Even on our second visit we didn't get to visit the interior of the museum ...maybe the next time...
Another view from the bell tower is across to Burano and its leaning bell tower. This colourful island is renowned for its lace and colourful fishing cottages. As you can see its just a short way across the lagoon from Torcello and well worth a visit in its own right.
Well we were gald to be able to return here and pay our 3 euros to climb the tower. There's no lift but the sloping passage with a few steps to climb inbetween made it easier to climb than I first thought when I looked straight up the inside of the tower and realised it was quite a way up!The views across the lagoon was lovely and different to other aerial views you can heve in Venice itself.
The original church of Santa Maria Assunta, purported to be the oldest in Venice lagoon, was built in the 7th century; the bell tower was added in 11th century. The tower can be climbed for lovely views over Torcello but unfortunately time ran out for us to do that on our first visit.
The Bell Tower is attached to the Basilica. A sloped walkway , with very few stairs brings you above, from which you have a splendid view. You can buy a combined ticket for the basilica and the bell tower. Almost everyone goes inside the Basilica, so it's a very good idea to do the opposite. This way, you can enjoy the beautiful view all by yourself!
From the outside, the church has an octagonal frame with three apses. The central apse has two rows of arcades. The interior of the church is mainly Greek. On the altar you can admire a beautiful sculpture from the XV century which represents Santa Fosca.
The Basilica of Santa Assunta was built in VII century.The interior has three naves and aisles divided by pillars. One of the walls is completely covered with a wonderful Byzantine mosaic. Attached to the Basilica is the Bell Tower. From here on, you have a magnificent view over the lagoon and Torcello. ( see next tip)
In the middle of the open grass just by the Basilica is a stone chair or throne, popularly known as "Attila's chair". This was more realistically the chair that was used by the tribunes of the island for administer Justice and not for tourists to sit in! Legend says that anyone occupying the chair will be married within a year!
Torcello is one of the islands that can be visited in the Venice Lagoon. Its often overlooked for visits to Burano and Murano instead. Hence its a quiet haven of escape from the tourists of St Marks and whilst here you can discover the treasures that Torcello offers. Take boat number 12 to Torcello and from the boat landing stage walk along the canal in the direction of the bell tower.
This is the main reason to visit Torcello;
The cathedral, Santa Maria Assunta, houses outstanding moasics and has a gorgeous floor. The most stunning moasic covers one wall depicting the Last Judgment.
This small church on Torcello is connected to the Santa Maria Cathedral by a portico. It was built in the 11th or 12th Century.
Its design is based on a greek cross. Note also its lovely five-sided potico with columns and carved capitals.
On the way to see the church of Santa Maria Assunta, you walk along the canal and enjoy some of the beautiful sites.
This rock seat in the main piazza is called "Attila's Throne," although it has no connection with the king of the Huns, whose rampages pre-date the founding of Torcello by a few generations.
So recently renovated as to appear spanking new, the Pontecello del Diavolo is really nothing much. The little country lane, if you cross the bridge, is a dead end.