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Most of the buildings in the field are of recent construction; until a few decades ago most of the island land was not occupied and except for some houses the only building of relevance was the cathedral of San Pietro di Castello, that is, the seat of the patriarchate.

From an event linked to this field the feast of the Marie originates: there was in fact the custom of blessing all (or at least twelve) weddings at the cathedral every January 31 (date of the translation of the body of San Marco); it was on this occasion that a group of pirates from Istria raided kidnapping twelve promised brides who were later saved by a group of Venetians; to celebrate the occasion, this festival was instituted, during which it was customary for the Doge to visit the church of Santa Maria Formosa and that twelve girls called Marie were later carried in procession.

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