St. Mark's Square
  It is the undisputed symbol of Venice, the most beautiful living room in the world. The square is not the result of a prearranged plan but the product of many interventions followed one another beginning from the ninth century, date of the first installation. During the twelfth century, under the dogeate of Sebastiano Ziani, the square begins to assume an aspect similar to the one we see today: the Batario channel, that today still flows under the paving of the square, was filled up, and the church of S. Geminiano was moved. In this way the space in front of St. Mark's square could reach the length of 175 meters. The area in front of the Basilica and the Doge's Palace has been transformed during the centuries thanks to the construction of the Procuraties, of the Tower of the Clock, of the Sansoviniana Library. In the eighteenth century some radical changes took place like the paving (work of Tirali), while in the nineteenth century the church of S. Geminiano is definitely pulled down for making room for the construction of the Napoleonic Wing; the Granarys of Terranova set in front of the basin were also pulled down to make room for the gardens. The resulte of all these operations is a complex environment, articulated in different spaces, volumes and styles that are in close relationship among them and that are merged with big mastery, so that the accord results harmonic and without false notes, plunged in the particular atmosphere of this town of water.