Night visit to Saint Mark’s Basilica
Monday 21, 7.15 p.m.
Meeting point: Piazzetta dei Leoncini (next to the Basilica)
Don’t miss the opportunity to see one of the most amazing masterpieces of Venice in a beautiful night’s atmosphere!
St. Mark Basilica is the most important church in Venice, becoming cathedral il 1807. The first building dedicated to St. Mark, commissioned by Giustiniano Partecipazio, was built in 820 A.D. close to Palazzo Ducale in order to host the Saint’s relic which have been stolen, according to the legend, by Alessandria d’Egitto.
The ancient church burned during a fire in 976 A.D. The current basilica is the result of another project of 1063 sponsored by doge Domenico Contarini. The amazing mosaic decoration was almost completed by the end of 12th Century, however the opulent decoration increased during the following years with columns, policrome marbles, friezes, sculpture and golds brought to Venice from the East. The ancient private chapel of the doge, now known throughout the world, became the symbol of Venetian wealth and power.