The Saint Mark’s Basilica (in Italian: Basilica di San Marco) is the most famous of the churches of Venice, Italy, and one of the best examples of Byzantine architecture. Located in St. Mark’s Square (in Italian: Piazza di San Marco), next to the Doge’s Palace, the basilica has been the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice since 1807.

The first church built on the site was a temporary building in the Doges’ Palace, built in 828, when Venetian merchants acquired from Alexandria the alleged relics of St. Mark the Evangelist. In 832, a new building was erected, in the place of the present basilica; this church was burned during a rebellion in 976, rebuilt in 978 and, again, in 1063, in what would become the basis of the current building.

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