Piazza & Basilica San Marco - Part One


The Piazza San Marco, with the Basilica San Marco and the Ducal Palace are primary tourist attractions in Venice, and for good reasons. They are both quite magnificent buildings. My pictures are limited to outside shots of the Basilica and activities in the piazza. I did not take pictures inside (where it was officially not allowed, though generally ignored), and I didn't get any pictures of the Doge's Palace. So, in addition to my own limted set, I highly recommend a look at the San Marco Collection by photographer Philip Greenspun, in the Photo.Net Archive. Greenspun was in Venice during the winter or fall, when water levels were at or near the flood level, and the weather was dark. As a result, his picture of the Bridge of Sighs is particularly haunting, and may be the best picture of that particular bridge that you are likely to see. The Bridge of Sighs connects the Doge's Palace with the dungeon behind, and was the last chance to see anyone on their way to the dungeon of no return, a particularly sad moment for friends and family, which makes Greenspun's dark picture so appropriate. He also has pictures inside the Basilica, which is particularly difficult to describe in mere words.


Sunday, April 1, 2001

When we got to the Piazza San Marco, at about 1:20 PM, there was a colorful parade in progress, shown here and in the next picture. I don't know if this is something that happens every Sunday, or perhaps this was a more special occasion. In any case, the revelers wound through the piazza dancing and making noise, in these ornate and brightly colored costumes.


Sunday, April 1, 2001


Sunday, April 1, 2001

The next four pictures show the front of the Basilica, awash in detailed carvings and paintings, an extremely ornate decoration.


Sunday, April 1, 2001


Sunday, April 1, 2001


Sunday, April 1, 2001


Go on to Part Two for more.



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