|Year||The first chapel of the Doge was dedicated to St Theodore and it was probably built about 819|
|Getting there||By water taxi|
The best way to get to St Mark’s Square is by water transport
an hour’s walk from the railway station, car parks, bus stations and cruise terminals of Venice.
|Location||Venice, Italy, Europe|
Venice – the city of gondolas
Venice is the city of gondolas that float along the endless canals that fill the city. Venice is a beautiful city, romantic and full of culture. Everyone wants to get to Venice at least once in their life.
St Mark’s Square – Piazza San Marco
Piazza San Marco (St Mark’s Square) is the principal public square of Venice, Italy. It is Venice’s only square named “piazza” (the square) since the rest are called “piazzales” or “campos” (fields).
St Mark’s Basilica – Basilica di San Marco
Piazza San Marco is dominated on the eastern side by St Mark’s Basilica.
Originally it was the chapel of the Doge.
It was founded in the 9th century to house the remains of St Mark the Evangelist one of the four Apostles. The body of St Mark was stollen from Alexandria, Egypt.
The Horses of Saint Mark were installed on the balcony above the portal of the basilica in about 1254.
The Tetrarchs statue was taken from Constantinople (south-west corner of the basilica)
The Basilica’s interior is covered by 8 000 square meters of mosaic. The mosaics were done over 8 centuries, mostly in gold.
St Mark’s Campanile
Is the bell tower of St Mark’s Basilica. The tower is 98.6 meters high, it is the tallest structure in Venice and is one of the most recognizable symbols of the city.
Doge’s Palace – Palazzo Ducale
The Doge’s Palace was originally a fortified castle founded between the tenth and eleventh centuries.
Correr Museum – Museo Correr
The Museo Correr extends along the south side of the square on the upper floors of the Procuratorie Nuove.
St Mark’s Clocktower – Torre dell’ Orologio
The Clock Tower in Venice is an early Renaissance building on the north side of the Piazza San Marco, at the entrance to the Merceria.
Napoleon and Piazza San Marco
Seems that Napoleon said that the Piazza San Marco is “the drawing room of Europe”.