All churches in Venice reveal interesting details about the people who lived there and contributed to art, history and culture. The Church of San Marcuola in Cannaregio brings us back to the 18th Century and the life of a beautiful, intelligent enlightened poetess Caterina Dolfin. She fought against her arranged marriage, obtaining its annulment and also published sonnets. She led a prestigious literary salon, married and supported the powerful politician Procurator Tron and had to face the Venetian Inquisition.
The beautiful four horses embellished the façade of St. Mark’s Church from shortly after they were brought from Constantinople to Venice in the Middle Ages until the arrival of Napoleon who had the horses transferred to Paris in 1798. They were returned later during the reign of Francis II, Emperor of Austria. Read famous comments on the horses, results of scientific analyses and much more.