San Marco’s basement stands on the mud of Rivoalto’s island and the legends about Venice history.

While the resizing of eastern Roman’s Empire at the beginning of IX century, the Dodge Giustiniano Partcipazio thought necessary to update those traditions acquired from that culture, in order to build up the people spirit of belonging to the Republic of Venice.

The sunset of Byzantine influence, pushed Venice on the search for Its identity, starting from the patron of the city.

St.Mark, already venerated by the population, perfectly matched this role, mirroring Venecian’s values and devotion.