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Basilica San Marco

This breathtaking Byzantine basilica, dominating Piazza San Marco, was constructed in such ornate fashion for two reasons: as an embodiment of the Venetian Republic’s power and as a fitting resting place for St Mark. Serving as the Doges’ chapel, coronations, funerals and processions were held here, gloriously framed by more than 4,000 sq m (43,000 sq ft) of mosaics, eastern treasures and 500 columns dating from the 3rd century.prac_infoPiazza San Marco • 041 270 83 11www.basilicasanmarco.it • Open: Basilica: Easter–Nov: 9:45am– 5pm Mon–Sat, ...

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