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St. Mark's Basilica highlights beautiful Venice

September 8, 2011 - 2:25am
St. Mark's Basilica highlights beautiful venice
With a history dating back thousands of years and one-of-a-kind waterways, Venice is one of the most popular stops on a tour of Italy. There is certainly no lack of attractions in the city, and St. Marks' Basilica stands above the rest.

Completed in its present form in 1063, the enormous church remains one of Venice's most famous spots nearly 1,000 years later. There are a number of sites to visit both inside and outside the basilica, more than enough to spend an entire day appreciating the craftsmanship apparent around every corner.

On the outside of the building, the Horses of Saint Mark attract a lot of attention. A set of four bronze statutes, the horses were put in place in their current location on the church's facade in 1254 after having spent their early years in Constantinople, and historians believe they may date back as far as the 4th century B.C.

The interior of St. Mark's Basilica is equally as impressive as the outside, and is highlighted by the exquisite mosaics that cover all of the upper order. Created from bronze, gold and a slew of other metals, the mosaics cover a total area of about 8000-square-meters.