"It was a great Piazza as I thought, anchored, like all the rest, in the deep ocean. On its broad bosom, was a palace, more majestic and magnificent in its old age, than all the buildings of the earth...and...a cathedral, gorgeous in the wild luxuriant fancies of the East."
Wow. I found this quote from Dickens on Basilica San Marco and Mark Twain thought it was a "warty bug on a meditative walk." Lots of opinions on the architecture of this place. The Piazza seems to be a favorite for artists. I'm looking forward to the day when I can pull out pen and paper and get reacquainted with this grand beauty, but in person listening to music from the cafes, chatter from tourists and dodging the pigeons.
West Coast Abstract Painter with roots to the South