Pre-Tour: Venice, Italy – Saturday, June 27, 2015

Grand Canal
Grand Canal

 

We began our touring with a visit to St. Mark’s Basilica – built to house the body of Mark which was stole from Alexandria, Egypt in 829 C.E.  The consecration of the first church was in 832.  It burned, and the building we see today was begun in 1063.  The church is based on the Church of the  Holy Apostles in Constantinople which no longer exists.  St. Mark’s has over 40,000 square feet of mosaics.  One which we saw was the “The Harrowing of Hell” or “Anastasis” – and it shows Jesus during the crucifixion descending into Hell.  He’s battered down the doors and goes to save virtuous souls who have not been saved.   The scene shows him grabbing the wrist of Adam.  It was quite a mosaic to behold.
Next we walked by the Doge’s Palace on our way to the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore.  It houses Tintoretto’s Last Supper – a beautiful example of spiritual symbolism.

Our last visit was to the San Zaccaria church which contains Bellini’s Madonna and the Four Saints – one of the most important examples of a sacra conversazione scene in Italian art.

Tomorrow awaits more viewing of beautiful biblical art.

Clipper ship on the Grand Canal

 

 

Grand Canal
Views of Venice from the Grand Canal

Near St. Mark's Square
Near St. Mark’s Square
St. Mark's Basilica
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