The location of Santa Caterina, at one end of an island which few people visit, almost guarantees that you will have this charming church to yourself.
Santa Caterina is the only one of Mazzorbo's ten churches to have survived. Above the portal is a fine relief of the Mystical Marriage of Saint Catherine (1368).
The portal leads to a charming brick-paved atrium. The medieval church, which was once part of a Benedictine nunnery, preserves a barco (gallery) and a ship's-keel wooden vault.
Its 14th century bell tower houses the oldest bell (1318) in the lagoon. The bell is signed and dated: MAGISTER LUCAS DE VENETIIS ME FECIT ANNO MCCCXVIII. It is also inscribed with the words: XUS VINCIT XUS REGNAT XUS IMPERAT (Christ conquers. Christ rules. Christ reigns supreme.)
There is a bas-relief of Saint Catherine, complete with broken wheel and martyr's palm, under the bell chamber.
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My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England.
Since 200I I have been living in Italy, where I run private tours of Florence, Rome &