The sun sets overlooking the gondolas at Saint Mark’s Square in Venice, Italy.

Piazza San Marco, Saint Mark’s Square, is the heart of Venice. As the largest square in the city Saint Mark’s Square has always been the location of important government buildings and other facilities central to the goings on in Venice.

Basilica di San Marco, or Saint Mark’s Cathedral, is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic diocese of Venice. It is the one of the best-known examples of Italo-Byzantine architecture.

The cathedral declares the wealth of Venice over centuries with its domes and turrets and gold mosaic standing out over the square.

Saint Mark’s Square, as well as being the largest square, is also one of the largest open spaces in Venice, a big contrast to the winding alleys and lanes within Venice.

The square is at the end of the Grand Canal and the waterfront is a delight going eastwards, a wide promenade.

In front of the square are the water bus stops and water taxi jetties; it is also the most popular location for taking gondola rides. IMB Photo

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