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The Piazza San Marco (Saint Mark’s Square) is the principal square of Venice, Italy.

The Piazza is dominated by the Basilica, the Doge’s Palace and the Basilica’s Campanile, which stands apart from it.

A remark often attributed to Napoleon (but perhaps more correctly to Alfred de Musset) calls the Piazza San Marco “The drawing room of Europe”. It is one of the few great urban spaces in a Europe where human voices prevail over the sounds of motorized traffic, which is confined to Venice’s waterways. It is the only urban space called a Piazza in Venice; the others, regardless of size, are called Campi.

As the central landmark and gathering place for Venice, Piazza San Marco is extremely popular with tourists, photographers, and Venetian pigeons.

The Piazza originated in the 9th century as a small area in front of the original St Mark’s Basilica. It was enlarged to its present size and shape in 1177, when the Rio Batario, which had bounded it to the west, and a dock, which had isolated the Doge’s Palace from the square, were filled in. The rearrangement was for the meeting of Pope Alexander III and the Emperor Frederick Barbarossa.

The Piazza has always been seen as the centre of Venice. It was the location of all the important offices of the Venetian state, and has been the seat of the Archbishopric since the 19th century. It was also the focus for many of Venice’s festivals. It is a greatly popular place in Italy even today.

The whole of Venice and its Lagoon is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Three bracketed RAWs Tonemapped in Photomatix Pro.

Camera: Sony NEX-7
Lens: Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III VC
Handheld

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Featured in : Your Country’s Best : 28 Oct 12
Featured in : European Everyday Life : 29 Oct 12

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  • Trudi's Images
    Trudi's Imagesabout 2 years ago

    l watched a doco on the ambulance service in Venice a few weeks ago , what a job they have trying to negotiate those canals ! This is a lovely shot Tom, great lighting and as always interesting history

  • Thank you Trudi, it is a great place …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Christine Smith
    Christine Smithabout 2 years ago

    Another stunning shot of Venice Tom.

  • Thank you so much Christine …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfabout 2 years ago

    Lovely work Tom. Love the tones.

  • Thank you kindly Colin …

    – Tom Gomez

  • joak
    joakabout 2 years ago

    nice one tom would love tae go its a crackin view this not the usual venice bloke in a boat view!

  • Cheers Joak …

    – Tom Gomez

  • John44
    John44about 2 years ago

    How beautiful this is Tom!

  • Very much appreciated my friend …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Tim Denny
    Tim Dennyabout 2 years ago

    Nice Tom

  • Thank you so much Tim …

    – Tom Gomez

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1about 2 years ago

    Gorgeous view!!!

  • Thank you kindly Cheryl …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Fara
    Faraabout 2 years ago

    This is the postcard to send home from the Grand Tour……………………another beautiful image dear Tom……………………….x

  • Thank you dear Joyce …

    – Tom Gomez

  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayveltabout 2 years ago

    gorgeous capture

  • Very much appreciated Luda …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Andrea Rapisarda
    Andrea Rapisardaabout 2 years ago

    nice work

  • Thank you so much Andrea …

    – Tom Gomez

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