Piazza San Marco, or Saint Mark’s Square, is the largest and most important square in Venice. It is Venice’s only square with the title of piazza – the rest are called campo. Life has revolved around this piazza since the days of the Republic, when it was a market as well as the center of civic and religious life. Considered one of the finest squares in the world and certainly Venice’s prime attraction. Surrounded on three sides by the stately arcades of public buildings and on the fourth, by Basilica di San Marco’s riot of domes, arches and the soaring St. Mark’s campanile.
Piazza San Marco was constructed in the ninth century as a small square dotted with trees. The square was laid out in front of the original St. Mark’s Basilica, at the time a small chapel which was part of the Doge’s Palace.
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