St Mark's Basilica
Built in 1094, this unusual Catholic church looks generally
Byzantine, with domes and mosaics. Its treasures were often
loot from elsewhere, typical for Venice.
This side view again shows the domes. With photography
banned inside the church, I concentrated on exterior mosaics.
Here is a mosaic of the Cathedral itself.
Vivid colors with the sun shining directly on this mosaic.
Lit at night, St Mark's Cathedral serves as a backdrop for
concerts of popular music that take place in the square. The
different cafes appear to sponsor rival orchestras; and I
captured it all in my 2001 video "Gondola With the Wind 2".
If you have a high speed internet connection, watch the Intrepid
Berkeley Explorer's free video that is 100% Italy, by clicking
on Gondola With the Wind 2 ; also see Rome, Florence, Pisa,
and Venice by clicking on the earlier Gondola With the Wind