St Mark's Square
Piazza San Marco
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Piazza San Marco is arguably Venice's most famous piazza. What appears to be a rectangle is actually a trapezium, and when you look up at the basilica, the piazza seems enormous, although it is only 175 meters (574 feet) long. On both sides of the piazza are the Procuratie Vecchie, which housed the procurators of San Marco. The centerpiece of the piazza comprises of the iconic Basilica di San Marco
. The oldest of these buildings (probably built by Codussi) lies on your left when you face the basilica; Baldassare Longhena built the ones on the right later in the 1640s. The most recent buildings, commissioned by Napoleon in 1810, are situated behind. Truly a marvel, Piazza San Marco makes for a brilliant visit.