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Rick Steves' Europe: Venice, Italy

Piazza San Marco—the storied square punctuated by its 11th century basilica—endures as an awe-inspiring portal to the city’s many splendors

St. Mark's Basilica

St Marks Basillica Venice Italy
(Courtesy of Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door)

St. Mark's Basilica reflects the pinnacle of Venetian influence: gilded decoration like these replicas of the bronze horses looted from Constantinople in 1204 caused it to be known as the Chiesa d'Oro (Church of Gold).

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