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The San Marco Basilica is the stuff of real fairy-tales: large domes and towers, elegant arches, gilded mosaics and magnificent images of saints. And this is just the outside! Venetians themselves cannot get enough of the cathedral’s façade. The interior of the San Marco Basilica, dedicated to the city’s patron saint, is even lovelier.
‘The prettiest salon in the world that is worthy of having heaven as its ceiling’ - that’s how Napoleon described the world-famous Piazza San Marco. The Venetians simply call it ‘La Piazzetta’: there is only one real square in their city and that is the Piazza San Marco. It is always busy here as tourists mingle and take photographs and street vendors eagerly sell pigeon feed. This is one of the most impressive and certainly one of the most famous squares in the world – the ideal setting for one of Europe’s most beautiful cathedrals.
“John Ruskin described the cathedral as an architectural world wonder”