The lion of San Marco is a frequently seen image in Venice. You can make it a theme for your photographic tour of that city.

This is a particularly stunning example of the symbol of Venice.




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36 responses to “Symbolism

  1. Such a beautiful buidling
    Just stopped by to say hello
    As always sheldon

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  2. I don’t remember this particularly stunning wall… I will add it to our wandering itinerary.

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  3. Bert

    I am *captivated* by your photo, Yvonne. But you haven’t told us where it is. That surely is a *crime*. It is certainly off the beaten track, I bet.

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    • I was in a friend’s motor boat, so I was able to get a good view of this wall of the men’s prison, Bert. I can’t recall ever noticing it when I’d walked past.


  4. Beautiful picture, Venice is such a special city! πŸ™‚

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  5. I am enjoying reading and seeing some of the sights of Venice and hope to see some of them in the near future.

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  6. When we went to Venice we saw the famous lion of St Marco . This evangelist is currently symbolised by a lion.
    Before Amiens we lived in Arras in Northern France . In Arras you admire two wonderful squares surrounded of flamish styled houses from the Middle Age. And at the side of a square is the townhall and its belfry . Very high with a lion at the top: the lion of Arras . This lion holds a sun in honor of the French sun-king Louis XIV when he came in Arras at the XVIIth century..
    Love ❀

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  7. Wonderful to have that red background to bring out the emblem

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  8. This lion is so beautiful! Thanks for sharing Yvonne!!! It’s so nice to travel to Venice vicariously through you!!!

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  9. Reading the comments, I guess you are having /or have just had a birthday. Happy Birthday, Yvonne!
    The winged man (angel), winged lion, winged ox, and eagle, symbolize the four evangelists of the New Testament—Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John respectively, in all those architectural versions on old buildings throughout Europe. They’re in a lot of medieval and renaissance paintings, too, as well as illuminated books of gospels. I think the lion for Saint Mark has wings to represent the Resurrection, and also read somewhere that it was chosen for Mark because the lion sleeps with its eyes open! Who knows?

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  10. Yvonne I am currently in Sask and passed on your good wishes to my Mom. She in turn sent very Happy Birthday wishes to you as do I. xo

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  11. I’d like to know the story behind the lion…why is he winged? He is very striking. We like travelling with a theme. When we were in France, we met Joan of Arc in many places and by the end she felt like an old friend.

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    • One source suggests “the wings symbolize the spiritual elevation”, which is kind of vague …

      Did you take many photos of the various depictions of Joan of Arc?


  12. Wow! So wonderfully dramatic on the red wall.

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  13. I need to go through my pictures and find out how many I have of those danged lions. Tons I’m sure.

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  14. Believe me, my dear, I would make chewing gum on the pavement a theme for my tour of Venice.

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  15. Yes, us too dancing, Yvonne. So nice to see this image. A cultural thirst quenched once again.

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  16. Are you starting your own elderly version of Pokemon Go Yvonne? We’ll all bustle off to Venice with our very clever phones and see if we can find you dancing alongside the correct Lion. What fun!! πŸ™‚

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