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The foundation of the church dates back to the 7th century, by S.Magno bishop, who named it after Jesus the Savior.

In the XII century it was destroyed by a fire and more precisely in 1167, it was subsequently rebuilt in about ten years and the then Pope Alexander III consecrated the new sanctuary.

For almost all of the 1200s, work was done on its reconstruction, expansion and renewal and this was possible thanks to bequests and donations from wealthy Venetian families.

At the beginning of the sixteenth century Antonio Contarini, then prior of the Lateran Canons, for the reconstruction of the church and the new convent, commissioned the architect Giorgio Spavento, and subsequently Tullio and Pietro Lombardo, the works were completed by Jacopo Sansovino in 1534 with the main altar where the sculpture of Christ the Savior stands, while the facade was finished by Giuseppe Sardi in 1663.

The church has the typological scheme of the Holy Sepulcher.

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