Venice, October 2001

St Mark's Basilica, completed in the 13th century.

The interior - also, I believe, little changed since 1400.

You can get up to the balcony of St Mark's Basilica for a fine view of St Mark's Square. Statues of four horses much older than the Basilica once stood here, facing the square. They have been replaced by modern copies. The water standing in puddles in the Square is not rainwater, it is seawater - Venice is still sinking, and autumnal high tides flooded the square the night before this picture was taken.

The Ducal Palace, built between 1340 and 1550.

The waterfront near St Mark's Square. Several hours after high tide, the water still laps onto the pavement: