These mosaics of San Marco Basilica are from 11-th century but they never lose their luster. They’re our windows to Byzantine arts.
Be warned: you can’t take photos inside St. Mark’s Basilica. While there’s no entrance fee, the number of visitors allowed to get inside is controlled, limited. There’s usually a queue outside in the morning and late afternoon. Go inside at lunch time when tourists try to avoid the nasty summer heat. A huge hat or an umbrella can be helpful, too.
One of the most interesting things to ogle at Basilica di San Marco is the presence of mosaics. You can’t miss them. They’re ubiquitous inside and on the facade of this holy place. You’ve got to remember that these mosaics date back from 11th century. Though their colours aren’t as brights as ages ago, they refuse to fade.
Except for the last mosaic (which I took near the entrance), the rest were taken from the facade. The ones that decorate the portals outside are said to be the oldest mosaics of the basilica.
If you’re a Christian, you can probably guess that these mosaics depict the stories taken from the Bible.
Interesting Fact. There’s 8,000 square meters of mosaic inside and outside the Basilica. That’s more than the size of an American football field – can you imagine?!
Venice is expensive. Like, really expensive. That’s why a lot of backpackers would go on a day trip from Milan or from Bologna. If you decide to stay for a night or two, try Venezia Naturalmente. It’s the cheapest I could find in the city. It’s walking distance to everything, including the water taxi, San Marco Square and two major bridges that connect to the other side of the Grand Canal. The staff are friendly and they’d help you navigate the city. It’s clean and it’s also in a quiet area.
From the basilica, it’s an easy 2 minutes walk to Venice’s most photographed bridge, the Bridge of Sighs. Also, right in front of St. Mark’s Basilica is the famed UNESCO World Heritage Site, St Mark Square. If you have time, climb to the top of St. Mark Bell Tower at sunset and be awed at the sweeping view of Venice.