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The San Marco Library is the largest library in Venice. In its collection there are more than 13 thousand manuscripts, about 2880 early printed books and more than 24 thousand books of the 16th century.
The library was founded in May 1469 by Cardinal Bessarion, who presented it with a gift of about 750 manuscripts in ancient Greek and Latin, excluding early printed books. In the future, the book collection was replenished with contributions from influential and wealthy families of the city. In the 19th century, the collection was replenished with books coming from the monasteries flung up by Napoleon.
In the 30s of the 16th century, the library was under the leadership of the influential Pietro Bembo, who also took part in financing the construction of the new library in the San Marco area. The construction of the building began in 1537. The author of the project was Jacopo Sansovino, who was replaced by Scamozzi in the 1580s.
Francesco Salviati, Paolo Veronese, Andrea Meldolla and other masters. As the library grew, it also took over neighboring buildings.
The San Marco Library, along with other sights of Venice, was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
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Topic: Library of San Marco in Italy, Venice resort.