Basilica San Marco was blighted by being covered in canvas during our visit, breaking up the shape, and replacing beauty with grey ugliness. A pity for those who have not experienced the glittering gold mosaics that shine from underneath the Byzantine arches, but in the long term any preservation for those who will come in the future will be welcomed.
The trouble is that the scaffolding is a disincentive even to look up, which is a great pity because there is still a great deal of detail to please the eye. The fact that this point of this arch is so high above the eyes of those in the Piazza does not mean that the workmanship was less important. I wonder how many modern buildings would continue this attention to detail into places where few would benefit?