The Golden Pall, known in Italian as Pala d’Oro, is the high altar retable of the Basilica di San Marco in Venice and is considered a magnificent example of Byzantine enamel.
It was commissioned in 976 by Doge Pietro Orseolo when it was made with a number of enamels depicting several saints. Later on, this work of art was notoriously improved and a gothic-style frame was added. In the XIV century, a cover was commissioned to preserve the Pala when it was not shown to the public. This marvellous work of art made of silver and gold is three meters wide and two meters tall, and boasts almost two hundreds of enamel plaques, a variety of precious stones.