Piazza San Marco, Venice

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Venice's principal public space, Piazza San Marco has served as the city's social, religious, and political center for centuries. In fact, Napoleon called the square "the drawing room of Europe." It's the largest square in the city and the only one given the designation of "piazza" (the others are all called "campi"). Originally constructed in the ninth century as a small public space dotted with trees, the square was substantially enlarged in the 12th century and was paved with bricks in the 13th. Several major architectural sites surround the area. The most notable is an imposing church dedicated to St. Mark. Don't feed the pigeons--city law forbids feeding the birds in the square. To visit Piazza San Marco on your trip to Venice, use our Venice trip planner .
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  • What a stunning place, this is a must see. The buildings are amazing and a walk to the waters edge for photos.  more »
  • The architecture around the square is beautiful, but get there early or late to avoid crowds that never seem to move. See more of Venice in the back streets.  more »
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