The Italy Pavilion features three iconic landmarks around Piazza San Marco in Venezia. The bell tower is almost identical to the famous Campanile di San Marco built in 1514. Behind it is the stunning Veneto-Byzantine architecture of Doge’s Palace. Construction began in 1340 and was not finished until 1442. In the background is a copy of the Column of Justice with a Winged Lion of Venice on top. The original was erected in 1268. This lion with his paw on the bible was the symbol for the Republic of Venice from 697 until 1797.