Basilica of San Marco (Church)

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The façade of the church.
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The Basilica di S. Marco, or San Marco (Church) as it is locally known, was founded in the year 828 and is a Catholic church.



The first Saint Marks was built in the 9th century and was nothing more than a temporary chapel in the Doge's Palace until it was built as its own building in 10th century . The church has been reconstructed several times, but the base for the current church was laid out in the 11th century. At this time the body of St. Mark was brought to the Basilica. In the 13th century, a new façade was laid and the mosaics were added to the interior. These mosaics were restored in the 17th century and remain intact today. On the balcony of the basilica are the four Horses of St. Mark which were forged and installed in the 13th century. While the basilica remained open during Napoleon's occupation of Venice, he took the horses to Paris, but they were returned shortly after the French occupation ended.

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Bell Tower of Basilica di San Marco

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See Also


  1. Lorenzetti, Giulio. “Venice and its Lagoon: Historical-Artistic Guide” Edizoni LINT S.R.L. Italy. 1994.
  2. Cotton, Jeff. “Churches of Venice” 2012.

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