"Cupolas of San Marco." Basilica di San Marco Tip by breughel

Basilica di San Marco, Venice: 249 reviews and 465 photos

  Cupolas of San Marco - View from the Cortillo.
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  • Cupolas of San Marco - View from the Cortillo. - Venice
      Cupolas of San Marco - View from the Cortillo.
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  • Cupolas of San Marco - detail. - Venice
      Cupolas of San Marco - detail.
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As it was impossible to get inside because of the long lines in this month of July I had a good look at the cupolas as seen from the Palazzo Ducale. There are indeed good views especially from the second floor of the eastern wing as well as from the inner courtyard "Cortillo".

The Greek cross plan of the Basilica is topped by five cupolas which are a symbol of God's presence. Each cupola rests on four great vaults whose weight is borne by four pillars. The central cupola is that of the Ascension, the others are the Pentecost over the nave, the Prophets over the presbytery (under restoration), the St. John over the north arm (not visible on my photo) and the St. Leonard over the south arm.

Beneath the cupolas, on the north side of the courtyard of the Doge's Palace, stands that most remarkable arch called "Androne Foscari" commissioned by this Doge. I it is a triumphal archway linked to the Porta della Carta by which visitors presently leave the Palace. The small marble facade with clock is beautiful. It is difficult to distinguish what belongs to the Basilica and what belongs to the Palazzo Ducale.
It's certainly one of my favoured spots at San Marco.

Address: Piazza San Marco - SAN MARCO
Phone: +39 041 2708311
Website: http://www.basilicasanmarco.it/eng/basilica_tesoro/tesorosanmarco_appr.bsm?cat=1&subcat=4

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  • Written Aug 6, 2010
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