We've all seen mutts. You know, dogs that are such a mix that it's difficult to tell what type of dog it is. Sometimes these animals are strange or odd looking, but sometimes they are absolutely beautiful. Such are the same thoughts I have about today's subject: St. Mark's Basilica in Venice
According to its history, St. Mark's was originally a temporary building in the Doge's
palace in Venice. It was built to house the relics of St. Mark the Evangelist which history says were stolen from Alexandria by venetian merchants. The remains were misplaced while the new church was built, but later discovered in a pillar.
The Venetians have a long history of trade and commerce with the middle east through their seafaring and merchant ships. Because of this, many of the treasures in St. Mark's have come from places around the world. Some are even older than the church itself. As one account I've read, put it: "seldom did a Venetian vessel return from the Orient without bringing a column, capitals, or friezes, taken from some ancient building, to add to the fabric of the basilica. Gradually, the exterior brickwork became covered with various marbles and carvings, some much older than the building itself...". (from Wikipedia)
The building faces out over the Piazza San Marco
, the largest plaza in Venice and, yes, people have to vie for space with the pigeons all the time. When I was ten or eleven, my aunt was living in Italy and my family was in Germany. We went down to visit and I attended Mass in St. Mark's. Since I didn't understand Italian or Latin, I spent most of it looking around the amazing church. I remember very little except being in awe of all the paintings, sculptures, and goldwork.This Day in History: St. Mark's Basilica in Venice is consecrated on this day in what year?
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