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

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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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