Sunday, 30 June 2013

The Church of Gold or the San Marco Basilica, Venice

The San Marco cathedral was completed in 1650 and is currently being renovated. This is the reason why we didn’t take overview pictures. We particularly like the mosaics and here you can find back the history of the crusades. The oriental culture is present, the men are wearing turbans. Also the mosaic displaying a basilica with domes looks oriental, a bit like the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.

The statue surrounded by angels with golden wings is San Marco or Saint Mark. He was an apostle who did missionary work with Saint Paul. Later he became the bishop of Alexandria. Here again we find back the oriental influence.

An impressive basilica, we were however not allowed to take pictures of the interior. This is one of the big disadvantages of Venice. Everywhere you need to pay entrance but you can’t take pictures. The arrogance of the sinking city.

De San Marco kathedraal werd afgewerkt in 1650 en wordt nu gerenoveerd. Dit is de reden waarom we geen overzicht foto’s genomen hebben. Heel bijzonder vonden we de mozaïeken waar je de geschiedenis van de kruistochten in kan terug vinden. De oosterse cultuur is aanwezig, mannen dragen tulbanden. Ook de mozaïek die een basiliek met koepels uitbeeldt ziet er oosters uit, deze lijkt een beetje op de Hagia Sophia in Istanboel. 

Het standbeeld omringt door engelen met gouden vleugels is San Marco. Hij was een apostel die missionaris werk deed met Sint Paul. Later werd hij bisschop van Alexandrië. Hier zien we weer een oosterse invloed. 

Een indrukwekkende basiliek maar we mochten geen foto’s binnen in de kerk maken. Dit is één van de grote nadelen van Venetië. Overal moet je inkom betalen maar nergens mag je foto’s maken. De arrogantie van een zinkende stad.. 
 
San Marco Basilica Venice

San Marco Basilica Venice

San Marco Basilica Venice

San Marco Basilica Venice

San Marco Basilica Venice

San Marco Basilica Venice

San Marco Basilica Venice

San Marco Basilica Venice

San Marco Basilica Venice

San Marco Basilica Venice

San Marco Basilica Venice

San Marco Basilica Venice

San Marco Basilica Venice

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6 comments:

  1. It's quite an amazing church! It was desperately in need of restoration when I was there in 2010.

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  2. prachtige schilderijen en mozaïeken Filip. Je ziet ik kom weer in je blog zonder
    moelijkheden. Lieve groeten, Dietmut

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  3. Nice showing Filip
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  4. Beautiful on the outside. Such a pity churches charge to view inside, they are supposed to be free to enter...that was what I was taught. Such a shame no photos can be taken either...can't work that one out apart from people won't come if they see what thy are like inside, but that is not exactly the same as seeing in person :)

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  5. Wonderful impressions and marvelous photos of this church or cathedral. Gorgeous !
    Best regards, Synnöve

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  6. Great shots of this, even if they weren't taken on the inside. A beautiful place in the world!

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