Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute (Basilica of Saint Mary of Health) is a Baroque temple situated on the Grand Canal in Venice. Its creation was accompanied by momentous intentions – the temple was meant to be a votive offering for the city's deliverance from the pestilence in 1630. Since that time there has been the annual November procession leading from the St. Mark’s Square to the basilica. During the procession the residents of the city express their gratitude for keeping them alive and healthy. The edifice was consecrated and put to use in 1687. The basilica was designed by the architect Baldassare Longhena. The monumental dome and six chapels that surround the main part of the temple are the most characteristic elements of the basilica. The building is octagonal and it is the reference to the octagonal star of Saint Mary.