|Cathedral as seen from the other side of the San Marco square|
The San Marco cathedral in Venice is one of the most beautiful and unique churches in the world, I think.
It was built in the middle of the 11th century, to accomodate the remains of Saint Mark (San Marco), that the Venetians took from the city of Alexandria a couple of centuries before.
The outside is breathtaking, but it is nothing compared to the inside of the church. I never make phtographs inside a church (out of respect), but I can tell you that the church is covered in gold mosaics, every wall and even the ceilings. The floor has mosaics as well. The light is a bit dimmed and the effect is like you are inside a cave near the sea.
The entrance is free, but you have to dress appropriately (no bare shoulders or knees). Also be prepared to wait in line for a while.
|The front side|
Inside the church you can see the treasure chamber, there is an entrance fee of 3 euro's for this. This is a terribly small room, but really cool. Inside are the relics of the church, all the remains of the saints that used to be worshipped in the Middle Ages.
For 2 euro's you can look behind the altar and see the beautiful gold mosaics here.
The San Marco cathedral is a church you must see when you are in Venice.
|The back as seen from the Ducal palace|
So amazing! I'm still hoping to get there someday. :)ReplyDelete
It is a truely unique and almost magical church. I hope you will be able to visit Venice one day and then you must visit the San Marco.Delete