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The columns of St Mark’s Square are tall and slender pillars in pink and gray marble and granite, positioned at the entrance to the Saint Mark’s area towards the waterfront and lagoon of San Marco; different crafts are carved at the base of the columns and the statues of the winged lion, symbol of the Republic and of Saint Theodore (Todaro in Venetian) stand on the typical Venetian-Byzantine style capitals. Saint Theodore was the first patron saint of the city (this currentstatue is actually a copy, the original can be found at the entrance to the Doge's Palace).

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