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The view of the interior of St. Mark's Basilica in Venice from the matroneum, the former women's gallery. 
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The view of the interior of St. Mark's Basilica in Venice from the matroneum, the former women's gallery.

"Venice for centuries was Europe’s principal gateway between the Orient and the West, so it should come as no surprise that the architectural style for the sumptuously Byzantine Basilica di San Marco, replete with five mosquelike bulbed domes, was borrowed from Constantinople. Legend has it that in 828, two enterprising Venetian merchants smuggled the remains of St. Mark the Evangelist from Egypt by packing them in pickled pork to bypass the scrutiny of Muslim guards. Thus, St. Mark replaced the Greek St. Theodore as Venice’s patron saint, and a small chapel was built on this spot in his honor. Through the centuries (much of what you see was constructed in the 11th c.), wealthy Venetian merchants and politicians alike vied with one another in donating gifts to expand and embellish this church, the saint’s final resting place and, with the adjacent Palazzo Ducale, a symbol of Venetian wealth and power. Exotic and mysterious, it is unlike any other Roman Catholic church. And so it is that the Basilica di San Marco earned its name as the Chiesa d’Oro (Golden Church), with a cavernous interior exquisitely gilded with Byzantine mosaics added over some 7 centuries and covering every inch of both ceiling and pavement." (John Moretti: Frommer's Northern Italy, 2006).
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Mosaics of St. Mark's Basilica in VeniceMosaics of St. Mark's Basilica in VeniceMosaics of St. Mark's Basilica in Venice5 euros per person to see the gallery of St. Mark's Basilica in Venice
Inside the church of Sts. Cosmas and Damian (Santi Cosma e Damiano) in the Roman Forum. 
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Inside the church of Sts. Cosmas and Damian (Santi Cosma e Damiano) in the Roman Forum.
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Mosaics in the church of Santi Cosma e Damiano, RomeMosaics in the church of Santi Cosma e Damiano, Rome
Inside the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere, Rome, Italy. 
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Inside the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere, Rome, Italy.

The Basilica of Our Lady in Trastevere (Italian: Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere) is a titular minor basilica, one of the oldest churches in Rome, and perhaps the first in which Mass was openly celebrated. The basic floor plan and wall structure of the church date back to the 340s, The first sanctuary was built in 221 and 227 by Pope Calixtus and later completed by Julius I. [...] It underwent two restorations in the fifth and eighth centuries. In 1140-43 the church was re-erected on its old foundations under Pope Innocent II. [...]

The present nave preserves its original (pre-12th century) basilica plan and stands on the earlier foundations. The 22 granite columns with Ionic and Corinthian capitals that separate the nave from the aisles came from the ruins of the Baths of Caracalla, as did the lintel of the entrance door. Inside the church are a number of late 13th-century mosaics by Pietro Cavallini on the subject of the Life of the Virgin (1291) centering on a "Corontation of the Virgin" in the apse. (Text from Wikipedia).

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Mosaic in the apse of the Basilica of Santa Maria in TrastevereMosaic in the apse of the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere
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