"Biblioteca Marciana" Piazza San Marco Tip by MM212

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One of the oldest surviving public libraries in Italy, Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana dates from the 16th century. The Renaissance masterpiece is located on la Piazzetta, opposite the Doge's Palace, and was Jacopo Sansovino's greatest architectural work. It was completed in 1553, but was originally the length of 16 arches facing the la Piazzetta. In 1580, after Sansovino's death, the architect Vincenzo Scamozzi was charged with expanding the building to reach the quayside of the canal. He constructed five additional arches, faithful to the original design, for a total of 21 arches from il Campanile to the canal. The library contains the world's largest collection of classical texts.

Address: la Piazzetta - SAN MARCO
Phone: +39 06 0427 40436
Website: http://www.associazionepiazzasanmarco.it

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