|Columns of San Marco (left) and Teodoro (right)|
WHAT IS THE PIAZZETTA?- It is an area on St. Mark's Square that connects to the docks where people arrive and leave by boat into the Grand Canal. The area is marked by two large columns at the water's edge.
COLUMN NAMES- The two columns are called Colonna (column) of Marco and Teodoro (Mark and Theodore).
|Looking at the Teodoro column from the Grand Canal|
SAN TEODORO'S COLUMN- Actually sports a statue of Saint Theodore, the first patron of Venice. He appears to be standing on a slain dragon, while he holds a fish and a spear.
|Rob and Tom goofing around in St Mark's Square|
THE PIAZZETA'S DEADLY HISTORY - During the Renaissance, the Piazza was also used for executions, with a set of gallows and spectator seating in the center of the square.The columns in the Piazzeta have served as the official gateway to the city. Until the mid-eighteenth century, the piazetta was also an area were criminals were executed.
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