Venice, Italy - St Mark's Lion Charm

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15. This charm is a nice rendition of St. Mark’s winged lion, one of the symbols of Venice. Winged lions appear all over the city of Venice in sculptures, paintings and other objects of art. The lion is to Venice what the bald eagle is to the United States. Centuries ago the Venetians adopted the apostle Mark as their patron saint, represented by a winged lion. A live State Lion was actually kept in a golden cage in the center of St. Mark's Square long ago. This creature came to symbolize Venetian power and stood as a reminder of the ever-watchful eye and presence of Venice over its conquered territories.

This product was added to our catalog on Sunday 30 November, 2008.

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