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Culture of Venice. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Ponte di Rialto Of course, St. Mark’s Cathedral remains the most famous landmark of Venice. The beautiful same named square located near it is also an important tourist attraction. The cathedral impresses visitors with its luxurious furnishings. Here you will see gold mosaic, furniture and other elements of interior decorated with precious stones, and the altarpiece Pala D'Oro - a true masterpiece created by hands of professional jewelers.
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Golden House (Ca 'd'Oro) is another important object of excursions. This is a beautiful palace, the building of which was completed in 1434. Nowadays the visitors of the palace will find here a wonderful collection of old paintings, sculptures and tapestries - a part of the halls of the palace has been converted into a museum. Certainly, you should not forget to walk in the picturesque Rialto quarter, which is the location of numerous souvenir shops, markets and cafes. There are also some historical attractions in this area of the city. Among them is an old church Chiesa di San Giacomo di Rialto.
The main channel of Venice is named Grande. Its length estimates 3.8 km. The majority of houses along the canal were constructed over three hundred years ago. The Venice lagoon is the location of picturesque islands, each of which is home to numerous sightseeing sites. Thus, in the 10th century the Murano Island was home to famous glass blowers. Nowadays the visitors of the island can purchase interesting crafts and home decorations made of this Venetian glass from local craftsmen. The Torcello Island has retained some notable historic buildings, and Jesolo Lido will be genuinely loved by fans of beach holiday – the majority of most luxurious resorts are located here. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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St Mark Basilica, Venice

» St Mark Basilica is the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice.
» That’s most famous of the churches of the city and one of the best known examples of Byzantine architecture in Western Europe.
» Since the 9th century, the basilica was known as the Golden Church and was the symbol of Venetian wealth. It owed its second name to luxurious furnishings and golden mosaics.
» The cathedral has a free-standing bell tower of about 100 meters height. The tower has an observation deck.
» St Mark Basilica has the treasure house that currently stores 283 items. Collection consists of numerous treasure caskets for relics, chalices and other church utensils brought from the East or donated by popes.

Santa Maria della Salute, Venice

» Santa Maria della Salute is the cathedral built in honor of abolition of the plague in 1630-1631, when the disease has claimed more than a third of the city's population.
» The cathedral was built in the shape of an octahedron, with a dome hemisphere.
» The church entrance is designed as a triumphal arch.
» Facade is decorated with sculptures of the Archangel Michael, John the Baptist and the Virgin Mary.
» The altar is decorated with marble statues dedicated to the miraculous abolition of the plague by Virgin Mary.

San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice

» San Giorgio Maggiore is located on the same island right in front of Piazza San Marco.
» The bell tower is 75 meters in height; that’s the square brick tower.
» The main gable of the cathedral is decorated with statues of Christ and the Holy Archangels, George and Stephen.
» Interior of the cathedral impresses with its rigor and lighting.
» The most impressive thing in the church is the bronze altar depicting God and the four evangelists, supporting the globe, as well as the organ created in 1750.

San Pietro di Castello, Venice

» San Pietro di Castello is the Roman Catholic basilica of the patriarch of Venice, located in the Castello Quarter on the same island.
» The current church building dates back to 16th century, but the first church on this site has been built in the 7th century.
» Next to the church there is the bell tower, which stands decimated similar to the Leaning tower of Pisa. In this regard, it’s considered one of the most dangerous in Venice.
» The basilica features several outstanding works of art. Among them, St. John the Evangelist, Peter and Paul, by Paolo Veronese, the altar painting by Giordano in the Vendramin Chapel and the Throne of St. Peter carved out of gravestone in the 13st century are notable.
» The church is decorated with a large dome showing importance of the basilica. The dome is mounted on the dome drum with numerous rectangular windows, so there is much light inside.

Santa Maria Formosa, Venice

» Santa Maria Formosa was built in 1492, designed by Mauro Koducci.
» One of the interesting architectural features of the church is cream building corbels called apses.
» Another amazing thing is one of the few baroque details of the temple, a grotesque mask at the foot of the bell tower.
» There are several masterpieces of Venetian painting school representatives in the church; Saint Barbara with the Saints by Palma il Vecchio is the main of them.
» Another masterpiece situated in the church is the triptych Madonna della Misericordia by Bartolomeo Vivarini.
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What to visit during two-day excursion in Venice

St Mark’s Square
Where: St Mark’s Square, Venice;
Ca’ Rezzonico
Where: Ca’ Rezzonico, Dorsoduro, Venice;
Ca’ Pesaro
Where: Fondamenta Pesaro, Santa Croce 2070, Venice;
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Excursions over cultural sights of neighbours of Venice

Culture guide to Venice. Which fascinating sights to visit once you are in Venice: temples, museums, churches, museums, theaters and castles. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) on the places 'must visit' in Venice. Plan your own city excursion by using this page info!
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