The Treasure and the Pala d’Oro

The Treasure of St. Mark’s is the richest documentation of gold and silver work, precious stones, ornamental glass and paintings, the most refined items produced for the churches and buildings of Constantinople and the most precious pieces created for the glory of St. Mark’s by Venetian craftsmen.

Near the high altar, where the relics of the Evangelist are enshrined, stands the Pala d’Oro (the altarpiece or ‘retable’), thought to be the most precious piece of jewellery of the Basilica.