St Mark’s Basilica, Venice
Saint Mark’s Basilica sits in Piazza san Marco, Venice. This shot was taken as the sun was setting and really captures the golden facade in the failing light, giving it a warm glow as the tourists start to fade away to the bars for another glass of prosescco.
Connected to the Doge’s Palace, the cathedral is a beautiful example of Byzantine architecture and it’s history is too detailed for me to go into here. Suffice to say both the facade and interior are visually stunning, covered in gold, bronze, mosaic and jewels.
Top tip for St Mark’s Basilica: If you don’t fancy a guided tour, then swot up on the architecture and history before you go. Here’s my edit of the best resources:
- An overview of the square and the basilica at Sacred Destinations
- A fairly detailed history can be found here.
- Walking tour of the square at Smithsonian Magazine