In the Middle Ages, the Venetians were very important in trade between
Europe and the countries to the east. The most important man in Venice was
the ruling duke or doge. One of the major sites in Venice is the Doge's
Palace. This was the seat of the Venetian government and was built to show
off the city's wealth and power. Just behind the Doge's Palace is Saint
Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San Marco). The Basilica was built in the 9th
century (completed around 830 A.D.) and houses the bones of Saint Mark,
which were brought there from Egypt.
The courtyard of the Doge's Palace with the
domes of St. Mark's in the background.
The artisans in Venice are
known for their skill as
glassblowers. At the right
is a glass chandelier in one
of the museums.