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It is said that Luigi Ludovico d'Angiò (Alvise in Venice) gave up taking the throne of king of Naples to wear the Franciscan habit and lead a retired life in poverty but that Pope Boniface VIII chose him to cover the role of bishop of Toulouse (1296). After only a year, the bishop died shortly before his sanctification.

The church was built by the Venetian aristocrat Antonia Venier, together with the adjoining monastery (the place where the noblewoman retired to practice the Augustinian rule), at the point suggested by the Saint himself who appeared to her in a dream.


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