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The church of the Holy Trinity - and the adjacent monastery - were built between the 11th and 12th centuries in the Dorsoduro district, in the last stretch of the Grand Canal that flows into the San Marco Basin.

In 1256 - to thank the Teutonic Knights for their help in the war of San Saba against the Genoese - Doge Raniero Zen had a religious complex of the Holy Trinity built, enriched with precious goods and donated it to the Knights who established their residence there.

Subsequently, a small church dedicated to Santa Maria dell'Umiltà was erected adjacent to the convent to expand the spaces dedicated to the assistance of pilgrims to which the Teutonic Knights provided.

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