St. Mark's Square was first built in the 9th century, when it was only a small square in front of St. Mark's Cathedral. Mark is the author of the Gospel of Mark in the Bible. The Venetians regard him as a patron saint. Legend has it that two Venetian businessmen smuggled the remains of St. Mark from Alexander, Egypt, to Venice in 828, and built a church for St. Mark in the same year. There was a tomb of St. Mark in the church. The cathedral was named after St. Mark, and the square in front of the cathedral was named "St. Mark Plaza".