Take time to carefully look at the outside, as the combination of Byzantine and Roman architecture is really stunning. I followed the Rick Steves audio guide inside and really loved walking around. ...
Basilica di San Marco is the jewel in Venice's gem laden crown. Stunning architecture from every viewpoint- and that's just from the ground. There are large queues to get in but the opulent interior i...
The Venetian proud architectural gems
St. Mark's Cathedral is also known as the Golden Cathedral and is said to have been named for the burial of the disciple of St. Mark. It was once the largest church in medieval Europe and a treasure of architectural art that the Venetians are proud of. "San Marco" is the author of the Bible, the New Testament Mark. He is regarded as the patron saint by the Venetians, and his exclusive symbol is a winged lion.
It was built in 829 AD and was built thousands of years ago to commemorate the twelve saints of Jesus and the collection of spoils. This church, with a history of more than a thousand years, was once the largest church in medieval Europe and the starting point for the fourth Crusade. The architectural style is a bit like the fusion of Byzantine, Gothic, and Oriental ~
Every time I mention St. Mark's Cathedral, the faces of the Venetian people always show pride. Indeed, this is their Historical treasures are their glory, their wealth, and their beliefs!
The whole church, from the walls, columns to the domes, is decorated with mosaics. It is definitely a treasure of European architectural art. It is forbidden to take pictures in the church, but many foreigners are also secretly shooting. It is really a mosaic mural. Attracted by the dome, I couldn't help but sneak a few shots with my mobile phone. More people only experienced it personally. The feeling of being there is definitely more shocking than the photos. In short, there is a constant "wow" inside. . . . . .
From the outside, the five wooden "onion head" domes above the church are typical of Oriental Byzantine art. However, it is not difficult to find that the structure of the entire church presents a Greek-style cross shape. Not only that, but the exterior of the church has a large number of gothic decorations such as pointed arches and statues; if you look closely, you can also find Renaissance decorations.
The four bronze horses above the central arch of the church are the trophies of the expedition. It is said that the four "St. Mark's Horse" can be traced back to the 4th century BC, from the hands of the ancient Greek statue of the resident Percy. The replica outside the church is now in the museum inside the church. However, after Napoleon conquered Venice, they were moved to Paris and returned to Venice after the fall of Napoleon.
Started in the 9th Century, Basilica di San Marco's architecture shows an eastern and Byzantine influence: note the golden altarpiece and the 13th and 14th-century mosaics that illustrate the cycles of the Bible. The magnificent domes date from the 12th Century. The Basilica houses the Marciano Museum, which contains the original bronze horses, copies of which are now on the terrace. Other great artworks are located in the Pala d'Oro , along with masterpieces of Gothic gold-smithing, located just behind the altar. At hundreds of years in the making, this beautiful basilica is not just a work of art itself, but houses some of the most important works of art in the world. Step inside (though mind the dress code) to marvel at the golden altarpiece, the mosaics dating back to the 13th century and which portray the cycles of the Bible, and the jaw-dropping domes. The basilica also houses the Marciano Museum and a wonderful display of the most amazing goldsmith work of the Gothic era.