The bronze horses found in St Mark’s Basilica façade in Venice were actually stolen from the Hippodrome during the “Siege of Constantinople” in 2014 as a result of a successful revenge against the capital of the Byzantine Empire, Constantinople, for massacring all the Venetians (Roman Catholics) in 1182 in the city.
St Mark’s Church was first built in the early 9th century however it was burned in a fire due to a rebellion in the late 10th century (976). It was reconstructed to how we know it today in the late 11th century.
The 3000-kilogram winged lion bronze sculpture, the Lion of Venice, in the Piazza San Marco dates back to 4th century BC and acts as a significant symbol of Venice. The Golden Lion Award is actually the highest noteworthy trophy to be awarded at the Venice Film Festival.
Venice used to import many sweet spices from the East in the past, so one can notice the sweet and sour cooking used in typical Venetian cuisine that uses spices such as cinnamon and cloves in their cooking methods.
The prison was originally inside the Doge’s Palace in Venice in the wells, where it was suffocating and pest-ridden, and in the Piombi, under the palazzo’s conductive roof, where it was extremely hot in the summertime and freezing in the winter.
Nowadays, when you pay a visit to Venice, you will notice that the prison of the Ducale Palace is now connected to the palace by the bridge also known as the “Bridge of Sighs”.
The most renowned structure in Venice having architecture from the Byzantine period is the Saint Mark’s Basilica which is the Roman Catholic cathedral found in ST Mark’s Square in the centre of the city.