Monday, March 15, 2010

My Euro Travel in Venice, Italy

It has been almost four years now since the last time I visited Venice or Venezia in Italy. I had been to this city twice already. The first time was in October 2005 and the second time was in April 2006. I don't have much pictures that time because I was still not a camera or photo addict until 2007. I have here a picture of St. Mark Cathedral or San Marco Basilica as it is called by Italian. Please find below a little history of this Cathedral.

picture I took during my second visit in Venice, Italy last April 2006

The building of St. Mark's Cathedral

The first St Mark's was a temporary building in the Doge's Palace, constructed in 828, when Venetian merchants stole the supposed relics of Saint Mark the Evangelist from Alexandria. This was replaced by a new church on its present site in 832; from the same century dates the first St Mark's Campanile (bell tower). The new church was burned in a rebellion in 976, rebuilt in 978 and again to form the basis of the present basilica since 1063. The basilica was consecrated in 1094, the same year in which the body of Saint Mark was supposedly rediscovered in a pillar by Vitale Faliero, doge at the time. The building also incorporates a low tower (now housing St Mark’s Treasure), believed by some to have been part of the original Doge's Palace. Within the first half of the 13th century the narthex and the new façade were constructed, most of the mosaics were completed and the domes were covered with higher wooden, lead-covered domes in order to blend in with the Gothic architecture of the redesigned Doge's Palace.


Anonymous said...

Wonderfully written...

Naturedigital said...

Beautiful picture in Venice..

My Public Secrets said...

Lovely place Amiga :)


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