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~ Venice / Around St Mark's Square ~
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The St. Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco), which was called "the drawing room of the world" by Musset, has been the centre of the religious and social life in the Venetian republic for almost one millennium. Here you will find the St. Mark's Basilica (Basilica San Marco), the Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale) and the Bell tower  (Campanile), the most famous sights of Venice. The architectural design of St. Mark's Square to a great extent was determined by the St. Mark's Basilica, which adjoins the Doge's Palace at the west side of the place. 

St. Mark's BasilicaThe magnificent St. Mark's Basilica is probably the most  well known building in the heart of Venice. The original church  was built in 829-836 as a timber construction and consecrated to the Evangelist Mark. In 976 however it became a victim of flames. St. Mark's Basilica portal From 1043 to 1071, in the same place, the present  Basilica with the ground plan of a Greek cross was erected. The Byzantine building with its 5 domes was consecrated in 1094. However, it took many centuries for the marvellous decoration of its facade and interior, with precious mural paintings and mosaics on golden ground, to be completed. 

The splendid facade likewise was destined to serve as an altar, in order to give the people the opportunity to participate in religious ceremonies from the St. Mark's Square in a dignified setting. 

St. Mark's Square, Doge's Palace, Campanile
Markusplatz - Markusdom, Campanile
Markusplatz - Dogenpalast
Doge's Palace, view to Mark's Basin
Mark's Square,
Campanile / Bell Tower
Doge's Palace
12.-15. cent.
view to
Mark's Basin

St. Mark's Basilica
Basilika St. Markus mit angrenzendem Dogenpalast
St. Mark's Basilica nave
St. Mark's Basilica nave
St. Mark's Basilica Ascension dome
St. Mark's Basilica
 Ascension dome

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