Friday, October 23, 2009

Piazza San Marco

As all tourists know, Piazza San Marco is the heart of Venice. That's where Saint Mark's Basilica, the Campanile, the Clocktower, the Doge's Palace, and the Procuratie are. They are why the area feels so touristy. But, this is also one of the most beautiful spot in Venice. I went to Piazza San Marco twice during my two and a half day stay in Venice. Each time I went, the feel to it was perfect. The sunlight was soft, the atmosphere was a bit hazy, and the air was romantic. This is where you would imagine those European couples, like in jewelry commercials, chasing after pigeons and spinning in circles.

Surprise discovery! This is the Four Tetrarchs. Everyone who has taken a survey of art history probably have learned about this. The sculpture is of the four emperors who co-ruled the Roman Empire during the 1st and 2nd centuries. I can't really remember the significance of it but it was such a surprise running into this sculpture as we were just walking in the square.

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