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Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Venice - Day 2

Another beautiful day of blue skies greet us as we take to the streets. Here you can see the rather expansive view showing three major churches

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On the left, San Giorgio Maggiore, in the middle Santa Maria della Salute and to the right the Campanile of the Basilica of San Marco.

S. Giorgio Maggiore

San Giorgio Maggiore is located on the island of San Giorgio and was designed by Andrea Palladio and built between 1559-80.

Campanile di San Marco and Palazzo Ducale

Once you reach the Piazza San Marco, the Campanile certainly dominates

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Campanile showing the top of Sansovino's Loggia - full view shown below. The Campanile is around 99 metres high - first built in the 12th Century, it was rebuilt in the 16th century. The bell tower originally housed 5 bells but all except the largest were destroyed with the tower fell in 1902.

The Loggia was built between 1537 and 1549 by Jacopo Sansovino. It was damaged by the tower's collapse but restored by 1912.

Sansovino's Loggia

basilica di san marco

Basilica di San Marco - is one of those instantly recognisable churches and is even more stunning in person.

Photos aren't allowed inside but it's well worth spending the time to take in the incredible mosaics.

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Piazza San Marco

Piazza San Marco - yes there are a lot of annoying pigeons there.

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Grand Canal View

S. Giacomo Apostolo

Church of S. Giacomo di Rialto (San Giacometto) - dates from 11th-12th century with restoration work in 1531 and 1601. The large gothic clock is quite a distinctive feature.


Church of San Silvestro - founded in the 12th century, it was rebuilt in 1422 and then restored between 1837-1843.

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Inside the Church of San Silvestro.

S.Silvestro Interior

Not far is that most notable bridge - The Rialto Bridge

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The Fish Market isn't too far from here.

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Church of S. Stae (Sant' Eustachio) - located on Campo San Stae in Sante Croce, it was built in 1709 by Domenico Rossi.

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fish market

The facade of the Fish market

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Just near the fish market we spotted A Macelleria Equina - that is a equine butcher - salamis made from ass and horse as well as fresh meat is available.

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From here we made our way back to the Piazza San Marco.

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The facade of the Palazzo Ducale and

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the top of the Basilica San Marco.


The Horses of St Mark - these are replicas of the guilded bronze originals which are now hosed inside the basilica.


On the facade, this 17th century mosiac shows the smuggling out of St Mark's body from Alexandria.

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This is St Mark and the Angels - they were adding during the 15th century.

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The columns of San Marco and San Teodoro - St Theodore was the original patron saint of Venice until the relics of St Mark were smuggled into the city from Alexandria in 828. The statue is a copy - the original is kept in the Palazzo Ducale.


The Campanile is topped with a golden weathervane designed by Bortolomeo Bon.


One final view for the day - looking out at the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore.


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