Portrait of the Four Tetrarchs, Venice

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  • I don't know where is the first, I searched for. Location of the believe it or not. Tucked away right outside of St. Mark's Cathedral. It was a full sense of the treasure hunt game.
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  • 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 ...  more »
  • The monument to the Tetrarchs, is a double Group (or pair) of statues in red porphyry, placed to one side (what to Palazzo Ducale) of St Mark's Basilica. Its origin dates back to the late 3rd century and early 4TH coming from Egypt and sita in Constantinople, whose arrival in Venice as a result of a plundering operated during the Fourth Crusade (1202-1204). The name comes from ancient Greece, form of Government from the Tetrarchy which divided the territory into four parts, each ruled by a separate administration. Some detect symbolically the embrace between the Eastern and Western parts, bond that has always distinguished the Republic of Venice. Much more prosaically the Venetians they call them the "four thieves", because legend says it's four robbers who were electrocuted and petrified as rei to have attempted the sacrilegious theft del tesoro di San Marco.
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