The Lion of Venice is also known as the Lion of Saint Mark; maybe this is because it is situated in Saint Mark’s Square in the historic city centre, and it serves as the city’s symbol since it came to Venice in the 12th century.
The column on which it sits was built in the later 13th century (1268).
The actual method of glassmaking is extremely complex and detailed; not exactly how it is seen in the demonstrations in Murano! The glass is made of silica which melts into a liquid form under higher temperatures and as it cools, it goes soft enough in order to be shaped by the skilled artist.
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.