When looking around St Marks Basiclica – please do not miss the Pala d’Oro or "Golden Cloth" it is behind the chapel of St Clements, and this the most valuable treasure of the Basilica.
Firstly it is 2 euro’s to see this, but hey wait till you can actually stand infront of it. It is the high altar of Basilica di San Marco in Venice, in Byzantine enamel both front and rear sides decorated.
First commissioned in 976 by Doge Pietro Orseolo, it was made up of precious stones and several enamels depicting various saints, and in 1105 expanded on by the famous Doge Ordelaffo Falier
This magnificent altarpiece which is totally breathtaking, created by 10 century goldsmiths, It is 3 meters wide by 2 meters, made of gold/silver, it include 526 pearls/330 garnets/320 emeralds/ 255 sapphires,/183 amethysts/175 agates/ 75 rubies,/34 topazes/16 carnelians, and 13 jaspers – it must be worth a total fortune.
Stand back and try and take it all in- which is difficult – Christ is in the centre with 4 apostles are writing the gospels.
Unfortunately I could not turn the flash off my camera – so I bought a book from the great souvenir shop
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