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The church dedicated to Santa Fosca — virgin and martyr — is located next to the cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta on the island of Torcello and completes the traditional early Chrisitan scheme that included a Baptistery and a martyrium.

The place of worship was originally dedicated to the Saints Fosca and Maura, whose bodies arrived on the island of Torcello from Sabratha in the 10th century, a city of Punic-Roman origin near Tripoli. It is said that the Virgin was martyred at the young age of fifteen together with Maura, her nurse, who had been responsible for her conversion to Christianity. After the baptism the two women managed to escape the capture of the soldiers thanks to the divine intervention of an angel who brought them to safety. Fosca and Maura then spontaneously decided to go to the trial against them just the same, and face their sentence: they were tortured and beheaded. Their bodies were thrown into the sea and, after being recovered by fishermen driven by pity, were transported to Tripolitania and transferred to the island of Torcello many years later. 

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