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The first building of the church - founded in 639 on the request of the exarch of Ravenna Isacio and with the help of the magister militum Maurizio - was dedicated to the Mother of God and is the oldest in Venice; this is explained in an inscription discovered in 1895, still visible today next to the main altar.

Two great restorations later followed one another: the first towards the middle of the 9th century under Bishop Adeodato II, who laid the mosaic floor with black and white tesserae with floral motifs, the second - by order of Orso Orseolo Bishop of Torcello - in the early years of the 11th century; when the church was named Maria Assunta. The cathedral took on the appearance that we can still admire today during the second restoration. 

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