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Of very ancient origins, the place of worship - now disappeared - already existed from the 10th century together with a reception house for pilgrims who went to Palestine, both named after San Biagio and Cataldo, built thanks to the support of the Capovani, Pianiga and Agnusdei. The church was consecrated towards the end of the 16th century and its fate was closely linked to a devout religious: Giuliana di Collalto.

In 1222 Giuliana had a vision of her: San Biagio appeared to her indicating the extreme border of the island of Spinalonga - now Giudecca - as a place to build a female monastery dedicated to him. The church and the reception house dedicated to the martyr were already present at the chosen point and Giuliana's arrival in Venice made it possible to recover the abandoned hospice and to allow it to be transformed into a convent for women. Giuliana therefore assumed the burden of managing the conventual structure and with it the Church was also entrusted to her. Her arrival attracted numerous young girls, many of them noble, fascinated by the news of this prodigious new religious foundation.

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