San Marco Square

The heart of the "Queen of Adriatic" &# 8212; Square of St. Mark or Piazza San Marco (Piazza San Marco) – It is known for the whole world with its beauty and architectural ensemble. Napoleon at one time called Piazza "The most beautiful salon of Europe".

Piazza San Marco – Single Piazza in Venice , Any other square in this city is name "Campo" . San Marco Square is huge, it has a trapezoidal shape with 175 meters long , Its width in a narrow part – 56 meters, in a wide – 82 meters. The architectural framing is highly luxurious and majestically: there is not a single low or minor building.

Consists San Marco Square , Of the three parts: Actually, the Piazza itself, Piazzetta San Marco and Piazzetta Leonchini.

Piazzette San Marco begins for the guest who arrived directly from the lagoon. Two columns : Column San Teodoro and San Marco Column – form a kind Main entrance to Venice . Piazzette San Marco leads a guest by the buildings Doge’s Palace and New prosecution To Basilica San Marco and Campanile .

Between the basil and the clock tower lies small Piazzette Leonchini . The same Piazza San Marco stretched directly behind the tower of the bell tower, to the left of the basilica. On the perimeter, it is framed by the buildings of old and new prosecutors and the wing of Napoleon, which form a single architectural ensemble today.

How to get to Piazza San Marco

Square on the map

From Piazzale Roma or Railway Station Any Vaporretto , Going along the Grande Channel:

  • №№ 1 and 2 to stops San Marco Vallerasso and San Marco Giardinetti ,
  • Nos. 4.fourteen.2, 5.15.2 before stopping San Zaccaria .

On foot you can get to San Marco from anywhere in Venice, following a yellow-colored signposts with the inscription "Per San Marco". These pointers are hosted throughout the city.

Work time Piazza San Marco – round the clock , Unlike establishments on it. I will write about their schedule in the following sections of this article.

What to look at Piazza San Marco

First you need stroll along the square . In the buildings of old and new prosecution today are located Museum correction , Library Marchiana , The oldest in Italy Cafe "Florian" , Restaurant "Kvadri" and Cafe "Loven", Archaeological Museum .

Museum correction and Archaeological Museum together with Palace of the Doge Enter B Complex Museums San Marco , to get there, you need to buy a single ticket.

Museum Correll open:

  • from 10:00 to 19:00 (from April 1 to October 31)
  • from 10:00 to 17:00 (from November 1 to March 31).

The remaining museums work on the same schedule. Remember that an hour before the closure of the museum, the sale of tickets and visits stop.

The building of the old prosecution

Old prosecution adjoin the clock tower, one of the most important beauties of Venice. The tower itself is installed so that her clock is visible far from the lagoon And thereby demonstrated the wealth and glory of the city. Huge dial Shows the time and phases of the moon . Upstairs two figures of the Moors beat off the time to the blows of Molotov in a big bell.

San Marco Square

The tower leads group excursions and only by appointment .

Excursions to the clock tower

  • in Italian held every day at 12:00 and 16:00,
  • in English – at 10:00 and 11:00 (from Monday on Wednesday), at 14:00 and 15:00 (from Thursday to Sunday),
  • in French – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday at 14:00 and 15:00, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday – at 10:00 and 11:00.
  • In our, there are no excursions.

The ticket costs 12 Euro .

San Marco Bell Tower

In front of the clock tower, 98 meters swept Campanile (Bell Tower) San Marco , Where can I get up, buying a ticket for 8 Euro .

Venetians called it "Master of the house" . The tower served and the bell tower of the cathedral, and the lighthouse for sailors, and the watchdog.

The construction is here From the VIII century , in the XIV century got the current look, but In 1902, the tower collapsed , Drawing before this crack. Venetians waited for crawls, so there were no victims. After ten years Campanile Tower was rebuilt .

Working hours:

  • October-November – C 9:00 to 19:00,
  • December-April – from 9:30 to 15:45,
  • May-June – from 9:00 to 19:00,
  • July-September – from 9:00 to 21:00.

Basilica San Marco and Palace of the Doge Walked ornament Piazzians. Basilica and palace work time can be viewed on their pages. References were higher.

On Piazzette Leonchini There are two figures of stone lions. These figures have long been loved by tourists who are photographed with them, sit on them. Lions clutch noses , Magnifying wish. Access to lions is not limited in time and completely free.

One of the main and, perhaps, the most ancient attractions of Piazza San Marco – Pigeons . Here are their many. So many! Accommodation of pigeons on the square is allowed by one of the guy who took two pigeons as a gift and considered it the sign of the patronage of St. Mark. Until 2008, Piazza officially sold to tourists for pigeons.

Story San Marco

Square formed in the 9th century When building the Cathedral of St. Mark. Then she was a small platform in front of the cathedral. Its current size has acquired the area for 1177 The year when it was expanded specifically for the historical meeting of Pope Alessandro III and Emperor Friedrich Barbarossa.

In the XIII century The area is dismissed by laying the stones a kind of drawing. Most likely, it was a special labeling for various ceremonies.

For centuries Piazza was equipped, the space around it was built. But throughout this time she was and remains a favorite place of citizens and guests of the city.

There were a variety of mass events: church holidays, high guest meetings, Venice Carnival prescribed here at once

and forever. And today on Piazza San Marco crowded. It is empty late at night and in the first hours before dawn. By the way, Piazza San Marco is Lowest place in Venice , Therefore, it is the indicator of flooding ("Acqua Alta"), because under the water goes first .

San Marco Square

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