Great photo and composition. Venice has more of a Byzantine/Eastern influence in its architecture and art than do other cities in Italy. The mosaic icons at the entrance of the church remind me of Eastern Orthodox icons. I did notice this type of mosaic in Florence, also.
Absolutely. They owned Istanbul, Greece and Crete for a long time. They were the first real European Colonists........first Bank anywhere. A very good book to read is: Peter Ackroyd Venice: Pure City. Thank you so much.