"Basilica di San Marco: Decoration" Basilica di San Marco Tip by Cristian_Uluru
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The Basilica of San Marco was altered in the century with many contributed to its adornment, and seldom did a Venetian vessel return from the Orient without bringing a column, capitals, or friezes, taken from some ancient building, to add to the fabric of the basilica. So gradually, the exterior brickwork became covered with various marbles and carvings.
On the facade of the Basilica you can see one of the most important symbol of Venice: The Horses of Saint Mark which were installed on the basilica in 1254. Archeologists think they are the once adorned the Arch of Trajan. The horses were long displayed at the Hippodrome of Constantinople, and in 1204 Doge Enrico Dandolo sent them back to Venice as part of the loot sacked from Constantinople in the Fourth Crusade. They were taken by Napoleon in 1797 but restored in 1815 and remained in place until the 1990s and now sit in an exhibition room, the horses now on the facade of the cathedral being no more than fibreglass replicas.
Address: Piazza San Marco
Phone: +39 041 270 8311
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