St. Mark's Square With Leonine Column in Venice
A close-up of the lion atop the column. From theurgetowander.com
The lion has been the iconographic symbol for St. Mark from the early days of the church. The lion is the symbol of the city of Venice, Italy, which has claimed St. Mark as their patron. The courage of a roaring lion is sometimes required to witness the gospel in inimical times and places.