The Pala d'Oro
The Pala d'Oro (the altar retable) has remained in its original
position behind the high altar. It is an altar piece with about 250
cloisonn´┐Ż enamels of different sizes and epochs (10th - 12th century)
on sheet gold. It was commissioned in Byzantium by the Venetians.
In the lower panel, above the great Christ Pantocrator in the
centre there are evangelists, prophets, apostles
and angels. The small bordering panel portray episodes from the
life of Christ and of St. Mark.
The gilded silver Gothic frame was made in Venice in the mid
14th century. Numerous pearls and precious stones are
set in the enamels. The pala d'oro is the world's only intact example
of large size Gothic goldsmith's art.