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The Splendid St. Mark's Basilica

One of the greatest landmarks in Venice, St. Mark's Basilica is definitely a must-visit while in the area. Located by the famous Venetian St. Mark's Square, the imposing church was built back in the 11th century, encapsulating the elegance and splendor of the time.

The enormous monument is decorated with intricate mosaics depicting numerous saints, including St. Mark himself. It also features five huge domes and an astonishing amount of gold, all adding up to one unforgettable view indeed.

For an even more lavish image, pay a visit to the Pala d'Oro, the high altar retable is considered to be one of the most precious examples of the Byzantine enamel artistry.

The opulent decor is not the only thing making St. Mark's Basilica an exceptional stop on any Venice itinerary. It is actually the site that now houses the remnants of St. Markus which were stolen and transported to Venice. So were the columns lined up along the facade of the basilica.

While on site, don't miss the chance to also visit the St. Mark's Museum nearby. There you can get a glimpse at the sculptures of the Horses of St. Mark, as well as admire numerous artifacts collected by the Church. All in all, St. Mark's Basilica is rich in decor and history likewise, thus make sure to include Venice and this historical monument to your Italian itinerary!

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