Rita Crane Photography: Venice / Arcade / San Marco Square / architecture / night / The Procuratie, Piazza San Marco, Venice
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Description: These are the colonnades along the Piazza San Marco, formerly sheltering loggias, and in modern times, occupied by the historic Caffe Florian as well as beautiful shops. (See the detail of the Florian below.) Upstairs were the offices of the Procurators of the six sestiere or districts of Venice. For more about these historic buildings here's a link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Procuratie
Here is information about Piazza San Marco:
"The Piazza S. Marco was the showcase of the republic. The basilica of St. Mark's, the Doge's Palace, and the public space itself received constant and lavish attention. The broad outline of this beloved ensemble had been confirmed by 1400. By then the canal called the Batario that ran west of the campanile had been filled in, and the church of S. Geminiano that straddled it had been taken down and rebuilt at the end of the extended square, across from St. Mark's. This three-sided enclosure, the Piazza S. Marco proper, held the offices of the procurators of the basilica and a thirteenth-century hospice along the south side. Loggias lined all three faces of the enclosure space which, with its long perspective toward St. Mark's, came close to a Roman forum focused toward its temple on the long axis."
— Spiro Kostof. A History of Architecture: Settings and Rituals. p472.
Also wikipedia has great information: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Mark's_Square