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Saint Mark's Basilica
Venice Top 1 in Important Religious Institution

4.6/5
601 Reviews
Church
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November - June of the following year: Monday - Saturday 9:30-17:00, Sunday and holidays 14:00-16:30; July - October: Monday - Saturday 9:30-17:00, Sunday and holidays 14:00-17:00.
Recommended Sightseeing Time: 2-5 hours
Address: San Marco 328, 30124 Venice
Phone: +39-41-2708311

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A must-visit but book in advance to skip the line and leave your backpack elsewhere.

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  • 861mckennan
    861mckennan
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    A stunning must-see

    Take time to carefully look at the outside, as the combination of Byzantine and Roman architecture is really stunning. I followed the Rick Steves audio guide inside and really loved walking around. ...

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  • Temer2
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    Stunning

    Basilica di San Marco is the jewel in Venice's gem laden crown. Stunning architecture from every viewpoint- and that's just from the ground. There are large queues to get in but the opulent interior i...

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  • PaisleyPaul
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    Basilica di San Marco photstudy

    Iconic... historic ...... Basilica di San Marco, focus of the Piazza, like so much of Venice so much better out of season Our last day and snuck in for an hour, took plenty of pictures but I am lig...

    Reviewed on /Date(1610510112000+0800)/
  • TSinParis
    TSinParis
    Paris, France
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    External Architecture Amazing

    The inside was closed for renovation when we were in Venice so we did not visit the inside (you can go in to see4 the museum however). The outside architecture is as beautiful as ever.

    Reviewed on /Date(1607204936000+0800)/
  • emersong461
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    External architecture is unique !

    Close to the piazza we can see the basilica also. I wasn’t able to go in but it was already enough to see the very beautiful external architecture!

    Reviewed on /Date(1602923580000+0800)/

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Introduction

Started in the 9th Century, Basilica di San Marco's architecture shows an eastern and Byzantine influence: note the golden altarpiece and the 13th and 14th-century mosaics that illustrate the cycles of the Bible. The magnificent domes date from the 12th Century. The Basilica houses the Marciano Museum, which contains the original bronze horses, copies of which are now on the terrace. Other great artworks are located in the Pala d'Oro , along with masterpieces of Gothic gold-smithing, located just behind the altar. At hundreds of years in the making, this beautiful basilica is not just a work of art itself, but houses some of the most important works of art in the world. Step inside (though mind the dress code) to marvel at the golden altarpiece, the mosaics dating back to the 13th century and which portray the cycles of the Bible, and the jaw-dropping domes. The basilica also houses the Marciano Museum and a wonderful display of the most amazing goldsmith work of the Gothic era.
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