Basilica of St. Mark Venice, Italy 1063-94
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.
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- Basilica di San MarcoBasilica of St. MarkBasilica Cattedrale Patriarcale di San MarcoSt. Mark's Basilica
- 45.434464° N, 12.339570° E
- Piazza San Marco
Overviewby Holly Hayes
October 18, 2011
St. Mark's Basilica is modeled after Constantine the Great's Church of the Holy Apostles (no longer standing) and the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. It has a floor plan in the shape of a Greek cross, with a dome over the crossing and another dome on each of the four arms. Each arm has a central aisle and two side aisles. A narthex wrapped around the west end disguises the cross shape but creates a wide, flat surface for the grand facade. continue reading →
Highlights of VenicePosted November 22, 2010 by Holly Hayes Part of: UK and Western Europe
(Magnificent photo by Sarah) Venice was great fun. It is such a unique and magical city, with streets made of water and complete lack of cars. We had a particularly wonderful arrival, which set the tone for our three-night stay very nicely. First, the train approaches Venice on a causeway, so we could see water on…
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