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Venice - Basilica di San Marco

Basilica di San Marco

1st of 4 posts for Venice.

After arriving at the campsite at Fusina we purchased a 3 day ferry ticket to go the 30 mins across the lagoon to Venice. As it was quiet in St Marks square we decide to go to the Basilica di San Marco. The inside is covered in gold mosaic pictures.

The building’s structure dates back to the latter part of the 11th century. Much work has gone toward embellishing this, and the famous main façade has an ornamented roofline that is mostly Gothic. The gold ground mosaics that now cover almost all the upper areas of the interior took centuries to complete. In the 13th century the external height of the domes was greatly increased by hollow drums raised on a wooden framework and covered with metal; the original ones are shallower, as can be seen on the inside.


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