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The discovery of the body of St Mark the Evangelist prompted the then Doge Giustiniano Partecipazio to sanction the construction of a church worthy of receiving the remains of the Saint. The works began in 828 and were completed four years later, in the meantime the dogado had passed into the hands of Giovanni Partecipazio. The building of the church, together with the replacement of the Patron Saint of the city (St Mark had in fact taken over from St Theodore), marked a clear step away, on a political-cultural level, from oriental influences.

The mass uprising in 967 led to the deposition of the Doge Pietro IV Candiano IV, accused of carrying our policies that were too closely tied to West: the symbols of this uprising were the fires set in both the Ducal Palace and St Mark's Basilica. The reconstruction of this place of worship took place shortly after (around two years after the fire) and was limited to simply restoring the original structure.

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