Basilica of St. Mark, Venice

Basilica of St. Mark, Venice

A Byzantine wonder that looks more like Istanbul than Italy, the 11th-century Basilica di San Marco is covered in domes, lined with golden mosaics, and filled with ancient art treasures.

Quick Facts

Go Historic ID
248661
Names
Basilica Cattedrale Patriarcale di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica of St. Mark
St. Mark's Basilica
Coordinates
45.4344440° N, 12.3397220° E
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Location Map

Aerial view of Basilica of St. Mark, Venice
Location map of Basilica of St. Mark, Venice. Click image for a larger, interactive view.

Aerial View

Aerial view of Basilica of St. Mark, Venice
Aerial view of Basilica of St. Mark, Venice. Click image for a larger, interactive view.

Timeline

830

Original St. Mark's Basilica

976

St. Mark's Basilica burns during riot

976

Reconstruction of St. Mark's Basilica

1063

Construction begins at the Basilica di San Marco in Venice

1094

Consecration of St. Mark's Basilica

1225

Lower facade of St. Mark's Basilica completed

1815

Horses of St. Mark return to Venice from Paris

Bibliography

  1. The Grove Encyclopedia of Medieval Art and Architecture. Oxford University Press, USA, 2012, pp. 245-50.
  2. Krautheimer, Richard. Early Christian and Byzantine Architecture. Yale University Press, 1984, pp. 407-11.
  3. Official Website of the Basilica of St. Mark. Web. Accessed 1 Nov. 2016. <http://www.basilicasanmarco.it/>
  4. Maguire, Henry (ed.) and Robert S. Nelson (ed.). San Marco, Byzantium, and the Myths of Venice . Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, 2010.
  5. Fenlon, Iain. Piazza San Marco. Harvard University Press, 2009.
  6. Demus, Otto (ed.). The Mosaics of San Marco in Venice . University Of Chicago Press, 1984.
  7. Demus, Otto and Herbert L. Kessler (ed.). The Mosaic Decoration of San Marco, Venice. University Of Chicago Press, 1988.