The Patriarch of Venice, Francesco Moralgia performs a blessing outside the 'Church of the Most Holy Redeemer' during during 'La Festa del Cristo Redentore' (Christ the Redeemer's Feast) after the 'Solemn Mass'. The 'Redentore' is one of the oldest festivals in Venice. It commemorates the end of the plague 1575-1577 that killed over 46,000 citizens of Venice, including the painter Titian (Tiziano Vecellio) in 1576. To stem the pandemic the Doge (Leader) Alvise Mocenigo commissioned a basilica. On the third Sunday of July in 1577, the first stone of the Church of the Most Holy Redeemer on the island of Giudecca was laid. It was decided to celebrate the end of the plague, a temporary floating walkway would be constructed between Punta della Dogana and the island of Giudecca. A procession of Venetian dignitaries would make their way to the church. Today the 'Festa del Redentore' is renowned for it's spectacular fireworks display in St Mark's basin, but the tradition of the votive bridge and ceremonies performed by the Patriarch of Venice still remain. Therefore keeping alive the meaning of the festival, dating back to 1577. July 2020, Venice.