Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, Venice

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The Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana (English: National Library of St Mark) is a public library in Venice, Italy. Founded in 1468 as the library of the Republic of Venice, it is one of the earliest surviving public libraries and depositories for manuscript in Italy and holds one of the greatest collections of classical texts in the world. It is named after St. Mark, the patron saint of the city.


The original building, prominently located in Saint Mark's Square with the long façade facing the Doge's Palace, is the masterpiece of Jacopo Sansovino and a key work in Venetian Renaissance architecture. The great architect Andrea Palladio considered it "perhaps the richest and most ornate building that there has been since ancient times up until now" ("il più ricco ed ornato edificio che forse sia stato da gli Antichi in qua"), and Frederick Hartt described it as "surely one of the most satisfying structures in Italian architectural history". No less important for its art, the library houses many works by the great painters of sixteenth-century Venice, making it a comprehensive monument to Venetian Mannerism.
Today, the historical building is customarily referred to as the Libreria sansoviniana and is largely a museum. The library offices, the reading rooms, and most of the collection are housed in the adjoining Zecca, the former mint of the Republic of Venice.
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  • A very interesting place to visit. enjoyed reading and looking at the documents. Great old books and papers  more »
  • To get to this, you must go all the way through the Correr museum. And when you do, all you find is one room with no books. Very disappointing (the second room was being renovated). The room itself...  more »
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  • great library with a vintage pitch...interesting books from the past
  • They don’t let tourists to enter, just local people, they are very rude with the visitors, don’t even know what I wanted to do there e when I enter they already told me - this is not a museum! Very rude people, don’t waist your time trying to know this place! A public place but they select people to visit, never seen that hypocrisy before

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