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Basilica di San Marco
Basilica of St. Mark
Basilica Cattedrale Patriarcale di San Marco
St. Mark's Basilica
45.434464° N, 12.339570° E
Piazza San Marco

Essays on the Basilica of St. Mark

  • Overview

    by 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 →

Blog Posts on the Basilica of St. Mark

  • Highlights of Venice

    Posted 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…

Bibliography of the Basilica of St. Mark

  1. Krautheimer, Richard. Early Christian and Byzantine Architecture. Yale University Press. 1984. Print.
  2. Maguire, Henry (ed.) and Robert S. Nelson (ed.). San Marco, Byzantium, and the Myths of Venice . Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection. 2010. Print.
  3. Fenlon, Iain. Piazza San Marco. Harvard University Press. 2009. Print.
  4. Demus, Otto (ed.). The Mosaics of San Marco in Venice . University Of Chicago Press. 1984. Print.
  5. Demus, Otto and Herbert L. Kessler (ed.). The Mosaic Decoration of San Marco, Venice. University Of Chicago Press. 1988. Print.

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Historic Places Near the Basilica of St. Mark