Entering through this gate is the symbol of Venice, St. Mark's Square. One of the towering pillars is the symbol of Venice, the flying lion, and the other is the guardian of San Teodoro. Four years ago, most of the buildings on the square were enclosed in maintenance. Now the enclosure has been removed, and the ancient and elegant buildings are in full view. Plazza San Marco, also known as Venice Central Plaza, has always been the public activity center of Venice's political, religious and traditional festivals. The square was built to commemorate the twelve saints of Jesus and to collect trophies. It was surrounded by fine Renaissance buildings, including the Duke's House, St. Mark's Cathedral, St. Mark's Bell Tower, the old and new Executive Mansion Building and the Napoleonic Wing Building connecting the two buildings. There are many shops and cafes around the square. It's the best place for Venice to hang out and rest.