del Cavalli


  • Precarious stairs of the atrium, called Loggia del Cavalli , leading to the church's museum. Gallery provides an excellent view of the Basilica, from outer balcony you can watch the Piazza San Marco and take a close look replica of a horse on the front of the church.  
  • From this panoramic balcony doges and other dignitaries watched from above once the celebrations that took place in the square. The original horses of gilt bronze, placed in a room at the end of the museum, were stolen from the top of the Hippodrome ( ancient racecourse for horses ) from Constantinople 1204th year, but their origin, it was the Roman or Hellenistic, remains a mystery. In one room there is a decreased feriae Paolo Veneziano from the 14th century, painted with the stories of St.. Marco, which once covered the Palo d'Oro. In the lineup are also medieval illuminated manuscripts, fragments of ancient mosaics and antique weaving. 


    • Although looted after the faill of the Republica and rather impoverished selling gems to collect money in the early 19th century, the treasury still has a valuable collection of Byzantine silver objects, gold and glass. Today most of the treasures found in a room whose walls are remarkably thick, believed to have been the tower of the Ducal Palace in the 9th century.  
    • Among the exhibits are chalices, cups, relics, two very complex icons of Archangel Michael and silver gilt reliquaries from the 11th century in the shape of a basilica with five domes. Sanctuary with more than a century relic is usually open to the public.

                      ANGEL MICHAEL, bizantin icon from 11th centuary in treasury        

    • literature: Žderić D., Glamuzina D., Karabatić I., Žderić I., Kozole L., Baniček M., i Šarić I. Venecija i Veneto - Eyewitness travel guide: Venecija dio po dio - San Marco. ISBN/EAN: 9789531200479.  Zagreb: Profil International, 2005., 82. -

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