Venice aspired to the the new Rome, but it lacked an apostle's remains for its basilica. A group of citizens went to Egypt, which was Muslim in the Middle Ages, and liberated St. Mark's remains, which they packed in a basket of pork. Muslim custom officials held their noses and refused to inspect it, so the remains were brought to Venice successfully. A fresco on the facade of the church depicts the citizens, the Muslim officials, and the offending basket. St Mark reposes inside under the altar.
Venice April 14th 2005 Venice was a blast. We cruised into its beautiful harbor early one morning and were greeted by a strange sight: a large beautiful city busy with foot traffic and boats along its waterfront, but not a vehicle in sight anywhere! Mile after mile of beautiful old buildings seemly perched directly atop the water, interspersed with canals alive with pole-driven gondolas, taxis (motorboats) and buses ( ... read more
Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice Italy became a nation-state in 1861 when the city-states of the peninsula, along with Sardinia and Sicily, were united under King Victor EMMANUEL II. An era of parliamentary government came to a close in the early 1920s when Benito MUSSOLINI establis... ... read more