The church and the adjoining monastery were built starting in 1188, the year in which the noble Ginevra Gradenigo donated land with "adjacent waters" to the Abadessa Giacomina Boncio to make it a place of worship; Ginevra was forced by her father, the patrician Marino Gradenigo, to become a nun.

In the 16th century, the religious complex was demolished before being rebuilt and the church was consecrated again in 1529, thanks to a Papal Bull which established its union with the branch of Santa Maria di Piave di Lovadina, in the province of Treviso; this union attributed prestige to the two buildings, even at a European level. In 1574 the church was visited by a famous person, Henry III, king of Poland and at the time also king of France who was amazed by the wonderful place and the impeccable welcome received. The Murano inhabitants, in fact, organized the event in a workmanlike manner: the sovereign was accompanied to the island in a specially built dragon-shaped boat with the most gifted glass masters inside who modeled the glass paste.

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