Photographer's Note

Another dull wet day in Venice, but we enjoyed ourselves in Piazza San Marco. I was intrigued with the architecture of the Basilica San Marco.

The Byzantine cathedral, Basilica San Marco in Venice (1094), is famous for its mosaics, inside and out. The original church had been Romanesque and built in the 9th century as a shrine for Saint Mark, but it was destroyed in a fire 967. Byzantine architects then reconstruction the church with the main core being completed c.1071. In the 12th and following centuries through alterations and elaborate adornments it became a splendid Byzantine monument. In the 14th cent. the facade received Gothic additions. The present structure gives us this mixture between Byzantine and Gothic.

This is how the author Mark Twain described it: "like a warty bug, out for a stroll"

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