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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.

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