T Fondaco Dei Tedeschi

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Fondaco dei Tedeschi, Calle del, Rialto Bridge

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Free

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Shopping, Sightseeing, Free Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
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St. Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San Marco)
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#1 St. Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San Marco)

This elaborate church sits on the popular piazza by the same name. The church was built in honor of St. Mark the evangelist, whose remains were stolen from their home in Alexandria, Egypt, and hidden in barrels of pork and cabbage leaves by a couple crafty Venetians, intent on bringing him to rest in Venice.  

Crafted from many different styles of architecture, today its opulence shines from nearly every corner – from the four bronze horses that guard the entrance to thousands of square feet of mosaics to the Pala d'Oro. If you look closely at the church's center gable, you can see a statue of St. Mark along with Venice's emblem: a lion with wings.  

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