By the way: St. Mark's Square alone stands on over 100,000 tree trunks. Unbelievable how many tree trunks were rammed into the ground for the whole city.
By the way, pigeons haven't been around in masses for a long time, because feeding pigeons is now prohibited in Venice. So: Better leave your breadcrumbs at home ;-)
September 25, 2017
Piazza San Marco, located in Venice, is one of the most important Italian squares, renowned throughout the world for its beauty and architectural integrity, and it is the only square in Venice. It is the only urban area of Venice that takes the name of the square, because all the other spaces in the form of square are properly defined fields. Its main body has a trapezoidal shape and is 170 meters long: on it are grafted other areas. It is also known as the "Square" or "the drawing room of Europe".
January 18, 2017
Napoléon Bonaparte once called Piazza San Marco "Le plus élégant salon d'Europe", and even today the sublime of the square in front of the Basilica di San Marco with the Campanile, surrounded by the old and new procuraties, and the extension of the Piazzetta San Marco with the Doge's Palace, opening to the water, the Bacino di San Marco, and the southeastern entrance of the Grand Canal, barely touched one of the many thousand visitors.
The origins of Venice's connection with Saint Mark go back to the 9th century, when the 11th Doge of the Republic, Giustiniano Participazio, replaced the previous patron saint of the city, Saint Theodorus, with a new and powerful heavenly support. On the one hand, he was to assist the Republic against the mighty Frankish kingdom in the north and, on the other hand, to compete with Rome and its patron St. Peter. Venetian merchants had previously, according to tradition, the relics of the evangelist Mark from Alexandria in Egypt, where he had died as a martyr, brought to Venice.
October 3, 2019
St. Mark's Square in Venice is 175 m long and up to 82 m wide. It is the only square in Venice that is called piazza. The other places in Venice are called campi (from Italian campo: the field - e.g. Campo San Polo) because they were originally not paved. The square of the bus station is only referred to as piazzale (Piazzale Roma). Alfred de Musset called St. Mark's Square the “Salon of Europe”. The square, which is located in the sestiere (city sixth) of San Marco, is characterized by the facade of the St. Mark's Church (Basilica di San Marco) with its campanile and is enclosed by the old and new procuraties.
St. Mark's Square dates from the 9th century when a small open space was created in front of a modest St. Mark's Church. Since then, the square has been a place for the announcements and state acts of the city administration, as well as for the numerous festivals of the population, for example the Carnival of Venice. St. Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco) is the central square of Venice. In the 12th century it got its present size through the drainage of the Rio Batario, which had previously divided the square. St. Mark's Square got its current appearance in the 18th century. At that time, the old red brick pavement from the 13th century was replaced by the gray trachyte with the distinctive pattern of white marble that is visible today.
The many splendid buildings on St. Mark's Square make it easy to see the prosperity of the former trading power and independent city republic of Venice.
May 13, 2020
Piazza San Marco in the San Marco district of the same name. I can recommend this place in the evening and very early in the morning when the day tourists have left the city. Tickets for the sights should be purchased in good time. At the moment, because Carnival is soon, everything is beautifully decorated and illuminated. And for everyone who thinks Venice has forgotten to take off the Christmas lights, no 👎. The main fire starts soon.
February 2, 2020
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