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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.

The building is built according to essential Gothic canons, with a basilica plan, sober brick walls and façade.
The structure is massive and stocky unlike what normally happens in churches; the silence of the place and the surrounding environment allows the faithful to enter a state of inner peace.

A peculiarity of the church is undoubtedly the presence of the barco (a typical hanging choir from which the nuns participated in the liturgies) supported by two filiform columns and Gothic reinforcements; of particular beauty also the wrought iron grates behind which the nuns were hidden.

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