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.
There are so many beautiful elaborate gold mosaics in Saint Mark’s Basilica in San Marco Square near the Grand Canal and the Doge’s Palace of Venice; these mosaics were severely damaged by a fire in the early 12th century however some survived for you to see when you decide to visit Venice during the holidays.
The Carnival of Venice began just after the mid-12th century in honour of the victory of Serenissima Repubblica.
The locals began to dance in St Mark’s Square in the center of the city and became an annual tradition.
There are two monumental granite column pillars in St Mark’s Square, and on top of one of these columns lies the Lion of Venice, the city’s symbol.
It dates back to 300 BC, however it was brought to Venice in the 12th century.