Piazza San Marco is undoubtedly one of the most famous and most frequented squares in the world. Splendid buildings – such as the Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s Cathedral with its belltower and loggias, the former mint (Palazzo della Zecca), the Procuratie, and a library – border the piazza, which was once a representative site for state visits, processions and the hustle and bustle of an active marketplace. Even today St. Mark’s Square and its adjacent buildings attest to the wealth of Venice, as an independent trade metropolis and sea power. Wolfgang Wolters describes the fascinating history of this square from the Middle Ages to the present. He subdivides the volume in keeping with the individual buildings, introducing their architecture, their impressive interior designs and changing uses. Thanks to a clearly arranged map of the site, the reader is quickly able to get their bearings.