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Basilica di San Marco

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Address: San Marco 328, 30124 Venice, Italy
Phone Number:
+39 041 270 8311
09:45 - 17:00
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Sun 14:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 09:45 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

Blending the architectural styles of East and West, Venice's magnificent...

Blending the architectural styles of East and West, Venice's magnificent basilica was consecrated in 832 AD as an ecclesiastical building to house the remains of St. Mark.

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Long but quick security line --no backpacks allowed, but they have a recommended place to stash them for free about a block away. Interesting church with the main part being free... read more

Reviewed 24 April 2016
Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 24 April 2016

Long but quick security line --no backpacks allowed, but they have a recommended place to stash them for free about a block away. Interesting church with the main part being free and a few areas you can add on for 2-5 euros apiece (like to the loft or to the treasury). So ornate and unique. No cameras allowed.

Thank Slymoxie
Granite Quarry, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 April 2016

St. Marks Basilica was gorgeous. From the sculptures to the artwork on the ceilings these people were masters of their crafts. We had a great time walking through it.

Thank Daddieo418
Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 April 2016

The 25 minute wait in the rain was worth it. The domes of the Basilica open up before you. the mosaics all around breath taking. The relics / treasures room (3 Euro) is kind of worth it but small i was expecting more. The holy site of saint mark (2 Euros) is nice but not really worth it unless you... More 

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Reviewed 24 April 2016 via mobile

We came on Sunday it was raining and cold which didn't help atmosphere. The basilica opens at 2 pm on Sunday's for tourists. And there are plenty. While the entrance is free there is a cost to see certain areas of church , the treasures and the golden altar, 3 euros and 2 euros respectively. The tourists are very disrespectfully... More 

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Tarpon Springs, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 April 2016

As many other mentioned, order ahead of time and skip the lines which can be insane. No bags or small backpacks so head around the corner to the hidden baggage storage area and hope that it isn't a zoo.

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Ajijic, Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 April 2016

San Marco is a beautiful basilica which oozes history, but you'll want either a guide or good guidebook to get the most out of it. For the self-guided adventurers, show up early and beat the lines/heat. We used Rick Steve's audio guide and found it was excellent.San Marci is free to enter, but some of the more interesting exhibits inside... More 

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Reviewed 24 April 2016

Again did not go inside but admired what has to be one of the most spectacular and grandest of all European palazzos. A must to photograph of course, but then take the time to admire the incredible work that went into creating this stunning area.

Thank Lisa C
Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 April 2016

This is well worth a visit. It is so beautiful with the gold ceilings and you just feel the history of the place. No cameras allowed unfortunately.

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Reviewed 24 April 2016

You can visit some aspects of the basilica for free, no doubt having stood in a queue. The mosaics are outstanding but no concession si made by way of lighting, provision of mirrors ets. in order to see them clearly. Take small binoculars. You pay for the museum which takes you outside onto the terrace and the gallery of the... More 

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Newton Arlosh
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Reviewed 24 April 2016

I can understand people raving about the building, which is pretty big, but the décor is much too ornate for my taste.

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San Marco
The most famous sestiere (district) in Venice has one of the world's most famous squares, St. Mark's (Piazza San Marco). Anchored on one end by the basilica, clustered around it are restaurants, museums, shops, orchestras playing in the square, pigeons, the grand pink Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale), the soaring campanile bell tower, an astrological clock tower, plus gorgeous cafes and restaurants like Florian and Quadri. Piazza San Marco is beloved by Venetians themselves. They book a table anytime, which offers a buffer from the fray. This grand outdoor drawing room attracts Venetians for a stroll too, especially late in the afternoon when the hoards of daytrippers thin out. It's simply a grand place to meet.
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