National Geographic : 1915 Jun
AN INTERIOR VIEW OF ST. MARK'S CATHEDRAL: VENICE Few religious edifices in the entire world surpass the Cathedral of St. Mark in beauty of exterior and interior. More than 500 marble columns adorn its construction, and their capitals are formed in an exuberant variety of style. The mosaicscover anarea ofnearly 46,000 square feet, and the interior is profusely decorated with gilding, bronze, and oriental marble. It is now more than800 years since the building ofSt. Mark's was completed. Its ecclesiastical sanctity is bestowed on it by the relics of the great evangelists, whileitshistorical sanctity consists initsintimate connection with the fortunes of the city and her rulers.