Scenes from St. Mark’s Square on a Rainy Day

It was lovely and busy.

This piazza is big.

See the platforms people are sitting on to your left? It finally struck me that those are walkways during the flood times. Wow.

This piazza is really big.

This piazza is really big.

Everyone is gathering to tour the cathedral. Except us. I was content to take photos outside, with no waiting.

Everyone is gathering to tour the cathedral. Except us. I was content to take photos outside, with no waiting.

The thing about Venice is that its position at the crux of byzanitine and asian influences and roman and gothic influences is really evident in the architecture. You really do see an extraordinary mix, and I liked it. It was especially welcome after the weight, stolidness, and excess of Florentine architecture. Click on photos, and then again, to enlarge details.

Admittedly, it was very pretty.

Admittedly, it was very pretty.

One of the barrel vaults of the entrance.

One of the barrel vaults of the entrance.

Please disregard the raindrops on the lens. This was definitely an up and down umbrella day.

Please disregard the raindrops on the lens. This was definitely an up and down umbrella day.

There was also a building with a bell tower, which had statues that actually hit the bell to ring it.

The blue lion clock.

The blue lion clock.

There is a tower in the square that people can go up in, which was sure to have a lovely view…

No doubt you can see the islands from here.

No doubt you can see the islands from here.

…provided you had the stamina for the lines. I bet you can pre-order entrance tickets somewhere, but I am content down here for now.

If it's like this in April, what must July be like?

If it’s like this in April, what must July be like?

People-watching is the best past-time anyway, and it’s free.

The best things in life are free.

The best things in life are free.

 

And by the way, one of the patron saints of Venice is Theodore.

Halo and all...

Halo and all…

 

 

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