Saint Mark’s Square Doge’s Palace – Travel Experience And Facts

Saint Mark’s Square Doge’s Palace

St. Mark Square,Doge's Palace

During my travels to Saint Mark’s Square Doge’s Palace, I remember going to a café drinking coffee and eating black forest cake with my mum and grandma. It is so enjoyable and relaxing. There is this beautiful view of the palace as we sip our coffee and eat the cake. We are accompanied by beautiful music that makes us relaxed and happy. The ambience is amazing and enjoyable, I highly recommend you check out this lovely spot.

Below are some facts of this place.

A brief history of St. Mark’s Basilica Originally, this building was to be an extension of the Doge’s Palace, but the construction of St. Mark’s Basilica, which began in 828 and ended in 832, was to house the body of St. Mark the Apostle, who was brought from Alexandria and appointed protector of the city.

This was an essential condition for Venice to be constituted as an independent episcopal see. Work on the present basilica began in 1063 in the Byzantine style to represent the power of the wealthy Republic of Venice. The basilica was built on the model of two basilicas of the ancient imperial city of Byzantium, with a central complex in the shape of a Greek cross, with five large domes and a particular mixture of ancient and oriental art. Over time, the basilica has undergone several transformations, especially in terms of decoration, the Gothic pointed arches, the Sant’Alipio arch, the 17th and 18th century sculptures and mosaics of the main façade, the bas-reliefs representing the professions and signs of the zodiac of the central door, the marbles coming from the East, the porphyry figures of the Tetrarchs and the horses of Saint Mark.

The result is a stunning and beautiful blend of styles. The basilica as we know it today, although altered, has a Greek cross base with five domes. It became the city’s cathedral in 1807 and has more than 4,000 square meters of mosaics, many of which date back to the 13th century, and more than 500 columns from the 3rd century.

What is the Basilica of San Marco today? The Basilica of San Marco is today and has always been the center of public and religious life in Venice. Today, this basilica receives hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. This basilica is of very special historical interest, as it was here that the Dukes of Venice were consecrated.

Curiosities of St. Mark’s Basilica. Did you know that you can visit the basilica at high tide (acqua alta) via catwalks? When the level of the Adriatic Sea rises, Venice is flooded. High tide means about 90 cm above the normal level. In case of immediate flooding, the city’s alarm signals sound and some walkways are created in the zones with more traffic. The lowest part of the city, St. Mark’s Square (San Marco Square) and its surroundings are the first to flood, but do not worry, you can still visit this spectacular basilica.

Why should you visit St. Mark’s Basilica? St. Mark’s Basilica is the most important religious temple in the city of Venice. Located in St. Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco) next to the Doge’s Palace, it has always been the center of the city’s public and religious life. The basilica is one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Europe and in the whole world. This basilica is the result of different styles, but over the years and its restructuring, it has always preserved oriental aspects that can amaze the visitor with its peculiarity and splendor.

St. Mark’s Basilica is a fascinating combination of architectural and artistic styles. It is a testimony to the wealth and power of the Republic of Venice, as well as the reckless adventures of its inhabitants in the Mediterranean as merchants and conquerors. How can you visit St. Mark’s Basilica?

Admission to St. Mark’s Basilica is free, but the line outside the entrance is usually very long, so it is advisable to book a guided tour of St. Mark’s Basilica to avoid unnecessary queuing. Other attractions in the area St. Mark’s Basilica is located in St. Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco), from where you can visit other magnificent museums in Venice. Next to the basilica is the Doge’s Palace. This magnificent building was the seat of the rulers of Venice for centuries and is still a monument to wealth and power.

Here you can choose between several routes, but the “Secret Route of the Doge’s Palace” will surely surprise you. This is a tour of the political and civil history of Venice, passing through the secret places of the palace, protagonist of the activities of the Serenissima. In the same square you can visit the Correr Museum, a building rebuilt at the beginning of the 19th century in an elegant neoclassical style. Here you can also find the Biblioteca Marciana, open to anyone who wants to read, study, look up, search or just walk through its rooms and visit it. Not far from St. Mark’s Church is the pier from which you can visit the wonderful islands of Venice: Murano with its spectacular crystals, Burano with its ornate lace and Torcello, which has an invaluable archeological heritage with only 17 inhabitants.

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Yours sincerely

Anthony Aries