"Piazza San Marco" Piazza San Marco Tip by tini58de

Piazza San Marco, Venice: 311 reviews and 517 photos

  St. Mark's Square
by tini58de

"St. Mark's Square" actually is a wrong name, as the photo suggests: those slanting arcades aren't just the result of false perspective - the "square" is actually a trapezoid!!! Its shape, which flares outward from its enclosed end, makes the Piazza appear even more spacious when viewed from the Ala Napoleonica (the arcaded building at the top of the photograph).

It was laid out in the 11th Century, when its area was divided in half by a canal near the café tables in the picture. A century later, the canal was filled in, creating the basic shape that exists today.

A major building project was completed in the 16th century, and new stone paving replaced the old bricks in the early 1700s. The geometric patterns of the pavement have at times been used to mark the location of market stalls, but they also add to the illusion of depth - a trick often used in old times!

St. Mark's Square is known for the many many pigeons, but I had the feeling, that there were not so many at all this time I visited...

Address: center of Venice
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  • Updated May 16, 2005
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