One of the most famous churches in the world and a prime example of Byzantine-Italian architecture.
Saint Mark's Basilica is a monument to the patron saint of Venice, Mark the Evangelist. The distinct landmark was once described by Mark Twain as "a vast warty bug taking a meditative walk." An amalgam of architectural styles, the most prominent being Byzantine, the magnificent multicolored marble façade is capped by five domes and adorned with mosaics of the passion and resurrection. The cavernous interior is almost overwhelming with its sparkling gold mosaics covering every millimeter of the vaulted ceiling. Don't leave without seeing the Pala d'Oro. The fantastically bejeweled altar screen is the world's only intact example of large-size Gothic goldsmithing.