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Piazza San Marco
Piazza San Marco, looked over by the incessant gaze of the four bronze horses placed on the roof-top of the St. Mark’s Cathedral, is the main square of Venice. That is the very place where one of the greatest examples of gothic architecture, Doge’s palace is situated. Doge’s palace is the former residence of Venetian regents and the senate’s building. In front of it there is the biggest and the most ancient Venetian library, and the square ends up at the stairs of byzantine St. Mark’s Cathedral. Piazza San Marco has always been the center of Venetian political life and witnessed knight tournaments and executions, parades, processions and carnivals. And this is the place where innumerous Venetian doves are fed since medieval times.
Piazza San Marco on the map
Saint Mark's Basilica is a rare example of Byzantine architecture in the territory of Europe, which has become one of the main symbols of Venice. Its monumentality impresses both inside and outside. We can admire rich and delicate decoration, amazing bas-reliefs and mosaics with Bible scenes away the hours. There is a gemmy golden chancel inside, but the main thing is an esprit of Venice, so brilliant and pompous.

The interior the cathedral shine splendor, including the famous golden altarpiece Pala d’Oro, studded with precious stones, but the main adornment here is the spirit of Venice, so brilliant and pompous. Feel and enjoy the atmosphere of this sacred place for free  any time of the year. You only need to buy tickets to enter the museum, the treasury and the Pala d’Oro, located under the arches of the church. Opening hours and entrance fees to the Cathedral of St. Mark are available on its official website

You should know that it is prohibited to take photos and video in the cathedral and you can walk only on specially fenced paths. Visitors should pay attention to their appearance: clothing, especially for women, should not be too revealing. At the entrance visitors are provided disposable covers, allowing covering bare shoulders. It is not advisable to bring large backpacks and bags, as entrance with them is prohibited, however, it is offered to put in a luggage storage.
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St Mark’s Campanile is a part and parcel of Venice panorama. The bell tower rises above the city captivating with ornamental decoration and history. The magnificent scene that is laid out before tourists from the top make them catch breath. Venetian channels, ornately shaped roofs and tourists remain below leaving an impression of amazing mosaic.
Palazzo Ducale is a sample of gothic architecture that stands over the Venice canals. Built in the Middle centuries, decorated by the famous artists, it used to be a residence of the Venetian monarchs. Today it is one of the landmarked buildings that stands of the St. Mark Square and a museum, open for visiting.
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