We saved the most famous place for last (at least the one that is the most photographed) Piazza San Marco. As you could probably tell from the other pictures, and you can definitely tell with these – we did not have very much sun in Venice. Thus, our pictures are not great, but you can at least see what the square looks like. We actually visited the square three times because there was so much to do there.
The first picture shows the approach to the square from the bus stop on the water. The building on the far left is the Doge’s Palace (a doge was the chief magistrate of Venice). The tower in the second picture is St. Mark’s Campanile, the bell tower of St. Mark’s Basilica. The tower was reconstructed on 1912 after it collapsed in 1902, so it is not as old as the other buildings in the square. We went to the top of the tower and that is where the next five pictures were taken. The third picture is St. Mark’s square itself and the 4th shows the entrance to the square from the water. The Italians consider it bad luck to walk between the two columns because they used to execute prisoners there.
The next seven pictures (after the one of Leslie with her lion) are from St. Mark’s Basilica. It was originally the Doge’s church, but it became a public church in 1807. The church’s nickname is Chiesa d’Oro (Church of gold). Speaking of gold, the Doge’s Palace had quite a few rooms with gold ceilings and beautiful paintings. The building served as a government building and each room got bigger and more grand as you walked through the palace.