Saint Mark’s Basilica

Saint Mark’s Basilica

Date begun 1063 CE

Movement Early Christian

Located at Venice, Italy


As an extension of Ravenna, Venice was another stronghold of Byzantine politics and culture, even after the Great Schism of the church. As such, the traditional Byzantine model is employed here in St. Mark’s Cathedral, with one central dome and even independent domes over each side of the transepts; each of these domes were capped with lanterns, meant not only to permit light within but also to add the perceived height to onlookers from afar. Functioning as both a private chapel and public place of worship, its craftsmen imbued the necessary grandeur in a space large enough to accommodate the city.