The key event for all Venetians, the Redentore brings together in two days of grand celebrations both the pagan and religious spirits of this city. This celebration, held on the third weekend in July every year, originates from two important events in the history of the Serenissima Republic, one a pagan the other a religious one. The first recalls the supremacy gained by Venice over the Turkish sea forces during the battle of Lepanto in 1571: Sebastiano Venier, the hero of this victory, had a church built on the Island of Giudecca. This was linked to the heart of the city via a 331 metre long bridge constructed with 80 especially decorated galleys. It was celebrated for the first time in 1575. The second event that this feast originates from, dates back to the same period (and precisely to the 1575-1577 period) and commemorates the religious procession that was held to give thanks for the end of the terrible plague that had spread destruction and misery across the city. On Saturday, the eve of the festival, a multitude of boats festooned with yellow and red balloons flood into the basin whilst banquets with the local specialities are held in the streets and squares of the city. The atmosphere of this folk event is wrapped up with the fireworks, locally known as the foghi, a spectacular show that lights up the sky over Saint Marks basin and arouses the magic of Venice. But for those who want to keep the celebrations going can head off to the Lido for music and dancing until dawn. On Sunday morning the sacred part begins when a Mass is celebrated by the Vicar of the Palladio designed Redentore Church. The mass is followed by the blessing of the votive boat bridge linking the Zattere to the Island of Giudecca and then by the pilgrimage of the patriarch, which draws out into the evening across the city up to the centre where the blessing of the city is held. The two day celebration is filled with numerous additional events that contribute to enhancing the atmosphere and colours of the feast.