@dill1974: One of the best examples of Byzantine architecture in the world is St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice. St. Mark’s Basilica dominates Piazza San Marco and adjoins the Dodge’s Palace. It is located off the Grand Canal. San Marco has been the seat of the Archbishop of Venice since 807 and is a cathedral.
Doge’s Palace was constructed in 828, in Venice as a temporary building of the first St. Mark’s church. Venetian merchants stole the supposed relics of St. Mark the Evangelist, from its original resting place in Alexander, Egypt. The Venetian merchants who stole the relics hid them in a barrel under layers of pork to get them past Muslim guards.
In 832, the original St. Mark’s church was replaced by a new one on its present site today. However, in 976 there was a rebellion and the new church was burned and rebuilt in 978. In 1094, the new basilica was consecrated, the same year the body of St. Mark was rediscovered in a pillar by Vitale Falier.