Don’t miss the unique opportunity of a night- time guided tour of the Basilica of S. Marco!
On Monday, March 17th, we will organize a tour of the Basilica led by Caterina Nardin.
If you want to participate sign in on the list on the door of corridor 9 by Friday, March 14th at 3 pm.
The Meeting Point for the visit is in Piazzetta dei Leoncini at 7 pm.
The entrance number is limited, therefore precedence will be given to VIU students and professors.
Don’t worry if you don’t make it this time, there will be another visit on Monday March 24th.
The Basilica of Saint Mark is the most famous of the city’s churches and one of the best known examples of Italo-Byzantine architecture. It lies at the eastern end of the Piazza San Marcoand it is connected to the Doge’s Palace. It has been the city’s cathedral since 1807, when it became the seat of the Patriarch of Venice.
Famous all around the world for its opulent design, its golden mosaics and its status as a symbol of Venetian wealth and power, from the 11th century on the building has been known by the nickname Chiesa d’Oro (Golden Church).
A typical feature of the Basilica is the four bronze horses dominating the facade, known as Horses of St. Mark. They were installed on the balcony above the portal of the basilica in about 1254. The horses were long displayed at the Hippodrome of Constantinople. In 1204 Doge Enrico Dandolo brought them to Venice as part of the loot sacked from Constantinople during the Fourth Crusade. They were taken to Paris by Napoleon in 1797 but returned to Venice in 1815. After a long restoration the originals are kept in St Mark’s Museum inside the basilica while the horses now on the façade are bronze replicas.
We await you numerous on Monday!