Northeast Italy, Fall 2013

Venice

Photos by Walt & Gloria Fogler-Mancini

Venice is one of the most beautiful cities in the world.  It developed on islands to defend itself against invasions from the north.   It became independent of the Byzantine empire in the 8th century and was known as La Serenissima Repubblica di Venezia.

Piazza San Marco is the heart of Venice.  The Basilica di San Marco, Palazzo Ducale and Campanile are there as well as many galleries, coffee shops and pigeons.

The republic became extremely wealthy through trade with the East via the Byzantine and Ottoman empires. 

The basilica was built to house the relics of St. Mark that were stolen from Alexandria by Venetian merchants in 832.  It was consecrated in 1094 and combines Byzantine and western styles in a Greek cross plan.

The interior is covered with gold mosaics illustrating the New Testament and  the floor is intricate stone pavements.

Fewer people live in Venice now, but tourism is doing well.  Many of the millions of visitors come on large tour ships.    It is crowded in high season.

Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari (aka. Frari) is a large Franciscan church from the 15th century.  It has many imposing funerary monuments as well as Titian’s Assumption of the Virgin.

There are quiet canals and mazes of streets and alleys to explore on foot in other districts of the city where churches and museums have many treasures. 

The collection of Venetian art of the Gallerie dell’Accademia was created in 1750 .  Napoleon added to it and moved it to its present location in 1807.

The monks’ choir is carved with bas-reliefs of saints and city scenes.

Burano is an island in the Venetian lagoon known for its lace making and small, colorful houses.  It is popular with artists.

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January 23, 2014                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        wgfm

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