December 4, 2013

Piazza San Marco, Venice

Photograph by Olivier Morin, AFP/Getty Images

Even flooded, Venice's Piazza San Marco is a visitor favorite. Napoleon called this plaza the most beautiful drawing room in Europe. The famous central square is home to St. Mark's Basilica, Doge’s Palace, and the Campanile, Venice’s tallest building. Venice frequently floods, caused by the complicity of rising tides and sinking foundations.

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