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Originally built as the chapel of the Doge, Saint Mark's Basilica is the most famous church in Venice and one of the best known examples of Byzantine architecture. It lies at the eastern end of the Piazza San Marco, next to the Doge's Palace. The Horses of Saint Mark were installed on the basilica in about 1254 and taken to Paris by Napoleon in 1797. They were returned to Venice in 1815.
© David Noyes 2011