The tiles of San Marco for Quilters and others

I’ve heard that the Piazza by the Basilica San Marco in Venice floods daily, but it appears I missed high tide by 3 hours this morning..  No, I’m not getting up at 3.15, and now it is almost 7.00 am, with a mellow grey sky and I’m still in our room, its so small, I can’t get to my case to get clothes out. I have to put it on the bed and Keith is still asleep. Ah, the joys of travel.
We visited the Basilica yesterday in the late afternoon and it was a powerful experience. You walk through tiny medieval alleys and suddenly there you are out in the sunlight on the piazza. Its rather Alice in wonderland – ish.

One of the side views of the Basilica.


Yesterday morning, I left the hotel before the sun was up. There were people bustling past me walking to work and the street sweepers with their long, brush brooms swept the cobblestones in wide half circle sweeps.
It was cool and warm jackets were the uniform. I had time to view the shop fronts without being jostled so it had some advantages.
However despite my maps and GPS, I still couldn’t find my intended destination and I returned to the hotel for breakfast at 8.00 am.


Close by our hotel was the Jewish Quarter. 
What was Europe’s first ghetto is now a lively and popular district of the city where the religious and administrative institutions of the Jewish Community and its five synagogues still persist. We managed to find it with the help of my GPS.
Down narrow alleys and into a huge Piazza we found ourselves surrounded by tall apartment buildings with a history of sadness and sorrow.
However, I did find a wonderful artist who captured the spirit of Venice in a whimsical way and I bought a number of prints on canvas.
The images below share the things I saw… I love pigeons, and the fruit I photographed is not fruit but candy.

The bowl is pottery… just gorgeous.


This image was on the wall in the Ghetto.

Now onto The Basilica San Marco.
A local legend relates the tale of two Venetian merchants who smuggled the remains of St. Mark, the Evangelist, from Egypt by packing him in pickled pork to bypass Muslim guards. St. Mark would replace St. Theodore as the patron saint of Venice and a small chapel was built in his honor.
 St. Mark’s was originally a Romanesque church built in the 9th Century but it was destroyed by a fire in 967 AD. It was rebuilt by Byzantine architects with the main core completed in 1071 AD.
 In the 12th through 14th Centuries, the ornamentation become even more splendid after many wealthy politicians and merchants donated much of their wealth towards decorating the church.
As for the tiles in the Basilica, eat your heart out quilters.

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Paty Silva says:

    Thanks the tiles are and all the pictures are just wonderful

    1. Pamela K Holland says:

      Glad you liked them Patti.

  2. Irene Florence says:

    I’m sure there will be floors like this in quilters heaven.

  3. Kevin Galbally says:

    Pam, your story on Venice and pics were superb

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