This Canal is behind the San Cassiano. San Cassiano is a 14th-century Roman Catholic church located in the San Polo sestiere of the Italian city of Venice. The church houses three paintings by the Italian artist Tintoretto, including The Crucifixion of Christ painted in 1568 which the art critic John Ruskin described as, “the finest [example of a Crucifixion painting] in Europe”. However, the most famous painting associated with the church is paradoxically one which is no longer there.
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The desire to create a suitable monument at a place that allows for easy processional access from Piazza San Marco led senators to select the present site from among eight potential locations. The location was chosen partially due to its relationship to San Giorgio, San Marco, and Il Redentore, with which it forms an arc. The Salute, emblematic of the city’s piety, stands adjacent to the rusticated single story customs house or Dogana da Mar, the emblem of its maritime commerce, and near the civic center of the city.
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