Tiny yet harmoniously proportioned, this Renaissance gem, built between 1481 and 1489, is sheathed in marble and decorated inside with exquisite marble reliefs. Architect Pietro Lombardo (circa 1435–1515) miraculously compressed the building into its confined space, then created the illusion of greater size by varying the color of the exterior, adding extra pilasters on the building's canal side, and offsetting the arcade windows to make the arches appear deeper. The
church was built to house I Miracoli, an image of the Virgin Mary by Niccolò di Pietro (1394-1440) that is said to have performed miracles—look for it on the high altar.
Campo Santa Maria Nova, Venice, 30121, Italy