St Mark's Basilica. From its origins until now

St Mark's Basilica. From its origins until now - Giovanni Distefano | Jonathanterrington.com

...ion. Introduction. Built in the IX century to house the body of San Marcos, was the chapel of the Ducal Palace ... Interesting facts about St. Mark's Basilica | Just Fun Facts ... . The two buildings are the symbol of Venice and its thousand-year history. Restored between 1063-1094 in Romanesque-Byzantine style, the basilica was richly adorned over time with mosaics and decorations that bring together the different languages of Byzantine art, Gothic and Renaissance. In architecture, "basilica" in its earliest usage designated any number of large roofed public buildings in ancient Rome and pre-Christian Italy, markets, courthouses, covered promenades, and meeting halls.Gradually, however, the word became limited to buildings of a more or less definite form: rectangular walled ... Interesting facts about St. Mark's Basilica | Just Fun Facts ... .Gradually, however, the word became limited to buildings of a more or less definite form: rectangular walled structures with an open hall extending from end to end, usually flanked by ... St. Mark's Basilica is world renowned for its rich interior which consists of extravagant gilded mosaics that makes it 'A church of gold'. The construction was done using the blend of 'Gothic' & 'Byzantine' style architecture & the floor plan was designed to replicate the 'Greek Cross ' with a dome over the crossings & other four domes on each of the four arms. It only officially became Venice's cathedral in 1807 following the demise of the Republic, replacing the considerably less grand Basilica di San Pietro in Castello. The front of St Mark's ripples and crests like a wave, its five niched portals capped with shimmering mosaics and frothy stonework arches. The original Horses of St. Mark—which stood on the basilica's facade for centuries before being replaced by the replicas seen today — are housed here. Stolen from the Hippodrome (and ancient racecourse) in Constantinople (now Istanbul) in 1204, their origin, either Roman or Hellenistic, remains a mystery. St. Mark's Basilica in Venice . Originally the chapel of the Doge, St. Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San Marco) became important in 829, when the remains of St. Mark came to Venice from Alexandria and were interred here. The present ground-plan, derived from the Church of the Apostles at Constantinople, dates from 1063. Basilica San Marco, the grand, multi-domed church on Saint Mark's Square is one of Venice's top attractions and one of Italy's most spectacular cathedrals.Exhibiting influences from Byzantine, Western European, and Islamic architecture all related to Venice's past as a major seafaring power, Saint Mark's Basilica is truly an embodiment of the Venetian aesthetic. Piazza San Marco (Italian pronunciation: [ˈpjattsa sam ˈmarko]; Venetian: Piasa San Marco), often known in English as St Mark's Square, is the principal public square of Venice, Italy, where it is generally known just as la Piazza ("the Square"). All other urban spaces in the city (except the Piazzetta and the Piazzale Roma) are called campi ("fields")....

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