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The church, often confused with the homonymous temple located on the island of Mazzorbo, was built in the 11th century by Augustinian monks - called "Sacchini" or "Sacchiti" because of the clothes they wore -, who also built the adjoining monastery. When in 1274 the order of Augustinian monks was suppressed by the Council of Lyon, the monumental complex, not yet completed, was acquired by the wealthy merchant Giovanni Bianco who gave it to the Augustinians in 1288, first as a concession and then as a donation, in 1291. The noblewoman Bortolotta Giustinian, daughter of Nicolò, a monk in San Nicolò del Lido, was the first abbess of the convent.

In the following centuries, the place of worship underwent numerous alterations, keeping the orientation and foundations unchanged. The current appearance of the church dates back to the fifteenth century with the interior with three naves, in Gothic style and with a wooden ceiling in the shape of a ship - destroyed by a fire in 1979 and then rebuilt - reminiscent of that of the churches of Santo Stefano and San Giacomo dell'Orio. There is also the typical hanging choir used by the nuns during masses.

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