Basilica of St. Mark, Venice


Construction begins at the Basilica di San Marco in Venice

Construction begins on the present form of St. Mark's Basilica in Venice.

West facade extended at San Marco, Venice

The west narthex is extended around the sides of the basilica.

Original St. Mark's Basilica

Construction of the original St. Mark's Basilica (which no longer exists) begins in Venice under Doge Giustiniano Partecipazio. It is completed two years later under his successor, Doge Giovanni I Partecipazio. The design is thought to have been based on the Church of the Holy Apostles in Constantinople (no longer extant) but the exact plan is unknown.

Lower facade of St. Mark's Basilica completed

The lower level of the west facade of St. Mark's Basilica takes shape, with the addition of rows of columns, reused marble slabs, parapets, sculptures and deep portals with mosaics.

St. Mark's Basilica becomes a cathedral

The Basilica of St. Mark, previously the doge's chapel, becomes the cathedral of Venice.

Horses of St. Mark return to Venice from Paris

The famous Horses of St. Mark return to Venice from Paris, where they had been taken by Napoleon.

St. Mark's Basilica burns during riot

St. Mark's Basilica burns down during a riot against doge Pietro Candiano IV.

Reconstruction of St. Mark's Basilica

St. Mark's Basilica is rebuilt, with virtually no changes in design from the original, under Doge Pietro I Orseolo.

Consecration of St. Mark's Basilica

Consecration of St. Mark's Basilica, Venice, under Doge Vitale Falier.

November 19, 2010


  1. Early Christian and Byzantine Architecture
  2. Venice: Buildings: S Marco Grove Art Online.
  3. San Marco, Byzantium, and the Myths of Venice
  4. Piazza San Marco
  5. The Mosaics of San Marco in Venice
  6. The Mosaic Decoration of San Marco, Venice
  7. The Grove Encyclopedia of Medieval Art and Architecture
  8. Official Website of the Basilica of St. Mark Official website.