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Venice, Italy - 14th February 2012

By: Shilo

Bongiorno Mum!

I wish you a happy Valentineís Day!

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Today is our second day in Venice. Iím curious what this day will bring.
When we arrived at the bus station in Venice, we decided to take one of the waterbuses, called vaporetti, to San Marco.
We got the chance, to have a look around the lagoon and the canal. It was very interesting.

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When we arrived at San Marco, we went to the Basilika di San Marco.
It is the most famous of the city's churches, constructed in 828, and one of the best known examples of Byzantine architecture. Originally it was the chapel of the Doge, and has only been the city's cathedral since 1807. For its opulent design, gilded Byzantine mosaics, and its status as a symbol of Venetian wealth and power, from the 11th century on the building has been known by the nickname Chiesa d'Oro (Church of gold).

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Woooow, this church is really awesome. It looks like everything is out of gold. Everywhere we could see great paintings on the walls and the ceiling. Have you ever seen something so impressive?

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Then we went to the treasure chamber. Here we could see golden candleholders, crosses and a lot more. It was very interesting.

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After that we went up to the top of the church. Here were a lot of cool things to see at the St Markís Museum. From here you got a wonderful view into the nave.

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Especially one room in the Museum was very great. The painting on the ceiling was very impressive.

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Then we went outside on the balcony. From here we got a great view over the Piazza San Marco and the sea promenade.

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The Horses of Saint Mark were installed on the basilica in about 1254. After a long restoration, since the 1990s they have been kept in St Markís Museum (inside the basilica). The horses now on the facade of the cathedral are bronze replicas.

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We spend the rest of the day on the Piazza and the Promenade.

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Here we wanted to use the time to enjoy the impression of the carnival.
It is said that the Carnival of Venice was originated from a victory of the "Repubblica della Serenissima", Venice previous name, against the Patriarch of Aquileia, Ulrico in the year 1162. In the honor of this victory, the people started to dance and make reunions in San Marco Square. Apparently this festival started on that period and become official in the renaissance. After a long absence, the carnival return to operate in 1979.
It was great to see all these different costumes.

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Her costume is as green as I am. I like it very much.

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