|San Marco - Venice main piazza|
Its 26 million or so visitors each year give testament to the uniqueness and beauty of Venice. And yet, I cannot help but question its very existence. Resting on sand bars that reach into the Mediterranean Sea, its biblical paradigm comes to mind.
Somewhere in the New Testament, Jesus tells the parable of building a house on sand, as opposed to rock. In Venice, I see many a large and imposing edifice, somehow still standing, after several hundred years, even though its foundation is weak.
Forced into the sea by invaders, Venetians made the sand bars their home. Through the salt the sea produces, they became exceedingly wealthy and collected the trappings that money provides. Culture, art and beauty are everywhere.