Arcangelo Gabriele - Palazzo Ducale San Marcò Venezia
"Archangel Gabriel - Doge's Palace San Marcò Venice"...
In the Old Testament, Gabriel prevented Abraham from slaying his son Isaac and encouraged Noah to stow animals into the Ark. In the New Testament, Gabriel declared to Mary (and Joseph) that she was pregnant by the Holy Spirit, which is why this Gabriel is holding an Annunciation lily. In the book of Revelation, Gabriel blows his horn to announce Judgement Day. St Mark’s Basilica is the most famous of the many churches of Venice, and the world, and a fine example of Byzantine architecture. Located just off the Grand Canal, the majestic Basilica overlooks the Piazza San Marco and adjoins the Doge's Palace. St. Mark’s Square and the Basilica are the central tourist focal points and the most populous in Venice. The relics of the Biblical Gospel author, Saint Mark, have resided in the Basilica since 828 AD. There are more than 85,000 square feet of luminous mosaics in St. Mark’s Basilica. The mosaics were accomplished over 8 centuries, mostly in gold, and the result is astonishing. It's especially resplendent just before sunset when the sun's dying rays set the golden mosaics ablaze. As I headed for the exit, I noticed a very steep staircase and followed it upward. I was met at the top by a security guard charging to see the small Museum and visit the rooftop of the Basilica. In the museum, I did take a few veiled photos of the very famous original four horses dating from Classical Antiquity which are duplicated in front of the Basilica. Meandering outside on the rooftop, I became mesmerized by the multitude of historic artwork residing on high. This knowledgeable and finally crafted saintly angel, Gabriel stood atop the nearest column adjacent to the rooftop, a close-up view not often seen.
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