Piazza of San Marco
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Location Venice, Italy   map
Building Type plaza, piazza, courtyard, urban open space
 Construction System stone masonry
Climate mediterranean
Context urban
Style Italian Rennaisance
Notes Historic urban open space, marked by tower. Also known as St. Mark's Square.
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Photo, exterior, facade of San Marco

Photo, historical
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Discussion Piazza of San Marco Commentary

"The Piazza S. Marco was the showcase of the republic. The basilica of St. Mark's, the Doge's Palace, and the public space itself received constant and lavish attention. The broad outline of this beloved ensemble had been confirmed by 1400. By then the canal called the Batario that ran west of the campanile had been filled in, and the church of S. Geminiano that straddled it had been taken down and rebuilt at the end of the extended square, across from St. Mark's. This three-sided enclosure, the Piazza S. Marco proper, held the offices of the procurators of the basilica and a thirteenth-century hospice along the south side. Loggias lined all three faces of the enclosure space which, with its long perspective toward St. Mark's, came close to a Roman forum focused toward its temple on the long axis."

— Spiro Kostof. A History of Architecture: Settings and Rituals. p472.

Resources
Sources on Piazza of San Marco

Francis D. K. Ching. Architecture: Form, Space, and Order. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1979. ISBN 0-442-21535-5. LC 79-18045. NA2760.C46. aerial perspective drawing, p38. figure-ground plan, p112. — A nice graphic introduction to architectural ideas. Updated 1996 edition available at Amazon.com

Donald Corner and Jenny Young. Slides from photographer's collection. PCD.2260.1012.1834.088. PCD.2260.1012.1841.084.

The World Atlas of Architecture. Edited by Mitchell Beazley International Ltd. New York: Portland House, 1988. exterior aerial photo, p16.

Spiro Kostof. A History of Architecture: Settings and Rituals. New York: Oxford University Press, 1985. ISBN 0-19-503472-4. LC 84-25375. NA200.K65 1985. discussion p472.

Duane Siegrist, University of Oregon. Slide from photographer's collection, July 1993. PCD.3236.1011.0837.046. PCD.3236.1011.0837.047.

Alene Stickles, University of Oregon. Slide from photographer's collection, July 1993. PCD.3189.1011.1916.103. View from Campanile of San Marco.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at Amazon.com

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