Welcome to the Art in the Streets Photo Challenge! Instructions on how to share your photos are at the end of this post. This week I will take you to Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice.
Saint Mark’s Basilica
St. Mark is the patron saint of Venice and his symbol of winged lion armed with a sword, and with a book can be seen in various places around the Piazza San Marco.
Saint Mark’s Basilica is a stunning Byzantine Cathedral trimmed in gold inside and out. The Basilica is covered in mosaics that display stories about St.Mark, scenes from the old and new testament and the lives of various saints. The Cathedral holds the relics of St.Mark which were brought to Venice in the year 823.
The Basilica was a chapel attached to the Doges Palace for around a 1000 years. Saint Mark’s was separated from the Palace and became the cathedral of Venice in 1807.
The Basilica is by far the most grandly decorated place I have ever visited. It is well worth purchasing tickets to go inside the Cathedral to study and admire the artworks inside.
The Cathedral is also home to the museum of St. Mark. There are limited opportunities to take photos once you are inside, so you will have to be content with committing most of the elaborate artworks to memory rather than record them with your camera.
Getting to Saint Mark’s Basilica
Saint Mark’s Basilica is located in the Piazza San Marco. The Piazza can be easily accessed on foot and by water bus. Gondolas are available if you want little more romance.
Art in the streets
Share photos of art works that catch your eye in the street.
The definition of art is broad! It could be anything from fountains, statues, sculptures to street art, light fittings, stained glass windows or artistic floral displays in public gardens. Anything big or small, old or new that catches your eye is good.
How to participate
Every Wednesday I will post a photo of an artwork in a public place with a brief description of what it is it is and how to find it.
Create a blog post with your photo which includes the tag ‘ArtStreets’. Click the Blue Frog button to add a link to your post.
I will Tweet & Share your post on my Facebook page to say thanks.
Can’t wait to see the beautiful things that you find.
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