Thursday, February 14, 2013

Venice: St. Mark's Square, Rialto Bridge

St. Mark is the patron saint of this majestic city.  The Square is surrounded by St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace, and covered in tourists and pigeons.  St. Mark's Basilica is a Byzantine masterpiece, covered in gold mosaic within.  Women be sure to cover yourselves, or you may be forced to wear a maroon tablecloth, of which you must pay for.  The Doge's Palace is where the duke resided in splendour. The Campanille is the bell tower of the church, which fell over 100 years ago.  The Rialto Bridge is the oldest bridge in Venice (500 years), which is doubly occupied by markets on both sides, and is connected to the Mercerie, the main shopping drag.


Venice in spring, with the Rialto Bridge in the background.

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