The Lion of Venice came to symbolize the charming city after it became a part of its St Mark’s Square in the 12th century. It is definitely a sight to see when you are touring the islands of the romantic city of Venice when on vacation.
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 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.
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.