St. Mark’s Square also known as Piazza San Marco is amongst the most crowded attractions of Venice in Italy. The Piazza San Marco is undoubtly one of the most astounding tourist spot not only of Italy, but of the world. The St. Mark’s Square was originally constructed in ninth century. At that time this grand square was merely a small place, all surrounded by trees. With the passage of time its’ worth increased with the added attractions one by one. Soon the St. Mark’s Square came out as a symbol of history and royalty.
St. Mark’s Square has served different purposes in different eras. Piazza San Marco has also been a centre for celebrations whether civil or religious, merchants business and now a tourist spot interconnecting several eras at once. The architect Andrea Tirali has been one of the known designers of Piazza San Marco, whose design is still conserved and fused with the modern architecture.
St. Mark’s Square is surrounded by some historical landmarks including St. Mark’s Basilica, Campanile, Doge’s Palace, Procuratie Vecchie, Procuratie Nuovo, Doge’s Palace, Sansoviniana Bookshop (Library) and Piazzetta San Marco. The St. Mark’s Basilica is a fine-looking and grandiose church which was built in 1071 in Venetian-Byzantine style. The church is also known as Church of God. Campanile- bell tower being 98.6 meters tall (323 ft) is recognized as one of the prominent attractions of St. Mark’s Square. The bell tower was rebuilt in 1912 after 1902 collapse. The two buildings Procuratie Vecchie and Procuratie Nuovo have served as offices and apartments of procurators. Doge’s Palace is a dominant building in square with its Gothic architecture. The little piazza Piazzetta San Marco can be spotted by its two columns of San Marco and San Theodoro.
Piazza San Marco has some noticeable monuments including St Theodore, Lion of Venice, Judgment of Solomon, Porta della Carta by Giovanni & Bartolomeo Bon, Tetrarchs and Pillars of Acre. The history relates the St. Mark’s Square and water (Lido port) by the said words of Doge, “We wed you oh sea, in the sign of true, eternal dominion” here on Ascension Day.
The Google rating for Piazza San Marco is 4.5. The tourists enjoy and feel the real essence of Italy in the confinements of Piazza San Marco in Venice. The St. Mark’s Square is also teeming with pigeons in the morning. The Venetian Pigeons are considered as imperative part of the Piazza San Marco. Some tourists prefer visiting the spot at night with less crowd, no pigeons and peaceful environment. The place has some awesome restaurants which serve Italian food with the music played on orchestra in background. The place is all jammed pack in summers but the scenery is worth seeing in snow. The St. Mark’s Square is hence, a must see and highly recommended attraction during Venetian getaway.