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The Inventio or recovery of Mark's body was the last episode in the Venetian legend regarding the saint.
During construction of the third basilica the saint's relics were so well hidden that some years later, on the death of the doge and the primicerius, no one knew where to find them. It was only in 1094, following several days of intense prayer by the doge Vitale Falier, the patriarch and all of the people that the relics miraculously reappeared inside a pillar, as recorded by a mosaic in the south transept.

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