Hidden treasures

The stone heart of St Mark’s Basilica

Unknown places & works
cuore-erizzo

The stone heart of St Mark’s Basilica

If you are visiting St Mark’s Basilica and have just abandoned the wonderful vision of the Pala d'Oro (which is a must-see), just a few steps away from it, towards the exit, take a look at the floor you are walking on... at one point you will notice a slab of stone different from the others that bears a strange symbol: a heart that encloses a hedgehog surmounted by a ducal horn. This representation recalls that, beneath this slab, the heart of the 98th Doge of the Serenissima, Francesco Erizzo (1566-1646 - doge from 1631-1646) is buried. The hedgehog under the ducal horn is the symbol of the patrician family Erizzo and derives from the assonance between ‘riccio’ and ‘Erizzo’. The rest of the Doge’s remains are located near his birthplace, in the Church of St Martin, Bishop of Castello, in a monument sculpted while he was still alive by Mattia Carnero.

This is one of the many quirky facts that hide among the precious slabs of the splendid Golden Basilica! Do you want to discover some more? Then continue to follow us and if you have planned a holiday in Venice, book one of our dedicated tours of St Mark’s Basilica!

 

 

 

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

Latest posts

Padua: Bartolomeo Cristofori: the Padua-born man who invented the piano

bartolomeo_cristofori
Did you know that...

Did you know that the inventor of the piano hailed from Padua? That’s true and his name was Bartolomeo Cristofori. Bartolomeo Cristof...

View

Venice: The gondolier: the warrior of the lagoon

gondoliere
Mysteries & Legends

Everybody knows who a gondolier is and what he does: he is the person who, with dedication and ability, propels the gondola, the tradit...

View

Venice: Why is it called Titian Red?

rosso_tiziano
Figures of speech

Do you recall the sensual ‘Venus of Urbino’ or the elegant ‘Woman in the mirror’ by Tiziano Vecellio? Now, just focus on the re...

View

Cortina D'ampezzo: A Museum in the Clouds in Cortina d’Ampezzo

Museo-delle-Nuvole-Monte-Rite-a-Cibiana
Mysteries & Legends

If you reach the summit of Mount Rite at 2181 meters near Cortina d'Ampezzo, it will come as a surprise to find among the barren dolomi...

View

Top posts

Venice: How much does a gondola ride cost?

gondola
Did you know that...

Have you decided to visit Venice and included a nice gondola ride on the list of things to do? How could we blame you! Is there anythin...

View

Venice: The stone heart of St Mark’s Basilica

cuore-erizzo
Unknown places & works

If you are visiting St Mark’s Basilica and have just abandoned the wonderful vision of the Pala d'Oro (which is a must-see), just a f...

View

Treviso: The ghost of Bianca di Collalto

castello-collalto
Mysteries & Legends

On the night between October 31 and November 1, telling a scary ghost story is a must... We have one related to the castle of Collalto,...

View

Padua: Prato della Valle in Padua

prato-della-valle
Historical Curiosities

Probably only the inhabitants of Padua and a few other people know of a particular record their city is boasting about: having the larg...

View