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The political centre of the Venetian State until the year 1797, St Mark's Square is the largest open area in the city whereas the rest is a maze of hundreds of alleys and smaller canals. Venice includes the far larger city of Mestre which lies on the near coast. Only about 90,000 people still live in the venetian archipelago.

The political centre of the Venetian State until the year 1797, St Mark's Square is the largest open area in the city whereas the rest is a maze of hundreds of alleys and smaller canals. Venice includes the far larger city of Mestre which lies on the near coast. Only about 90,000 people still live in the venetian archipelago.

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