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As you leave the Doge Palace, it's right on the corner of the Basilica. Apparently it was stolen... read more

Reviewed 25 November 2018
Sue M
Williamsburg, Virginia

I searched this out on this visit to St. Mark’s square as I had missed it during out last visit to... read more

Reviewed 29 May 2018
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Reviewed 25 November 2018

As you leave the Doge Palace, it's right on the corner of the Basilica. Apparently it was stolen by the Venetians in the 13th century and brought to St. Mark's Basilica then.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Sue M
Reviewed 29 May 2018

I searched this out on this visit to St. Mark’s square as I had missed it during out last visit to Venice. This statue stands against the south corner of St. Mark’s Basilica. It shows Four Roman emperors and was created around 300 AD. One...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 25 March 2018

I must admit that I took a photo of this without realising what I was viewing. I only found out after we had returned to our hotel and I found a picture in a guide book. There is a story behind this piece, if you...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Geoff S
Reviewed 24 December 2017

If you don't look closely you will easily miss this piece of history. The sculptures of four Roman Emperors are fixed onto the corner of the Basilica of St Marks, date from 300AD, and started life in Constantinople. They were stolen by the Venetians when...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Ossie D
Reviewed 22 November 2017

You really have to look to find his sculpture in St. Marks Square but once you do you will not want to leave it until you have really studied it. Worth photographing so you can continue looking when you get home.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank michael p
Reviewed 26 September 2017

Once again, without a guide, we would have passed this without much of a second thought. This is one of the many characteristics of the Basilica that, in and of itself, does not stand out without the background.

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed 24 August 2017

My husband, the history buff tells me that this carving, which is embeded into a corner of St Mark's Basilica, was stolen from Constantinople. This is a sculpture of four Roman emperors and is from the 4th century BC.

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed 5 August 2017

The Portrait of the Four Tetrarchs is more symbolic rather than anything else, symbolizing the unity of the 3rd or 4th century Empire at that time. Unfortunately it did not really prove prophetic. The small statues are tucked away in a corner of St Mark's...More

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Dimitris L
Reviewed 6 February 2017

This brownish-red statue, made from porphyry, looks like it has been stuck onto the Basilica San Marco's exterior as an afterthought. The 4-foot, 3-inch-high abstract of four Roman Empire co-rulers hugs a low wall around the right corner from the main entrance, almost at ground...More

Date of experience: December 2016
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Reviewed 1 January 2017

Dark red piece of stone was changed to four figures. They represent old rulers of Roman empire. One of them is Diokletian and another one Maximianus. Venetians brought precious sculpture to Venice and now it is nearly hidden on the edge of the cathedral.

Date of experience: November 2016
1  Thank Miha P
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San Marco
The most famous sestiere (district) in Venice has one
of the world's most famous squares, St. Mark's (Piazza
San Marco). Anchored on one end by the basilica,
clustered around it are restaurants, museums, shops,
orchestras playing in the square, pigeons, the grand
pink Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale), the soaring
campanile bell tower, an astrological clock tower,
plus gorgeous cafes and restaurants like Florian and
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