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Saint Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San Marco)

San Marco 328, 30124 Venice, Italy (San Marco)
39-041-5225205
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As featured in 3 days in Venice
Ranked #10 of 216 Attractions in Venice
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Religious Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings, Churches/ Cathedrals
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Blending the architectural styles of East and West, Venice's magnificent basilica was consecrated in 832 AD as an ecclesiastical building to house the... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Warsaw, Poland
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

A must see in Venice. Better to go early in the morning, but you will not avoid the crowds anyway. The queue running across the whole square might be discouraging, but it actually moves quite fast. Be prepared that the guards will ask you to leave bigger bags in a nearby storage. The entrance is free of charge, inside however... More

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Try to get there without so many crowds -- it is much more majestic. Evening is amazing in the Piazza San Marco, but I believe the Basilica closes at 5:30 pm (check). I hear the Piazza floods during certain times of year, but even if I had to wear boots would be worth it. It's also very convenient to orient... More

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

The Basilica is an imposing and breathtakingly beautiful building on St Mark's Square. It is free admission and, although it was very crowded when we visited, it was possible to view most parts of the interior. It is so ornately decorated, it is difficult to take in everything, for example the tiled floors are also beautiful, not just the walls... More

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Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

This is a landmark not to be missed, but be prepared that the interior of the Basilica is quite dim, and that most of it is understandably roped off and inaccessible. One annoying thing is that you cannot go onto the terrace or look in the museum book shop without paying an entrance fee.

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Wilmslow, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Huge queues which move quickly - money making machine once you get in to the free access part.of the church if you want to see more. Watch out for pick pockets and general rip off merchants who are plentiful in the square.

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Ponta Delgada, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

In Italy exist many other buildings, specially cathedrals, more majestic and beautiful. But we can't forget that it's a cathedral in the heart of Venice, so it has some aura that you can't avoid to visit. It's a place that a traveler must visit.

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Frisco, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

One of the main attractions. Visit the Basilica. Recommend a guide to provide the history and finer points.

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NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

The mosaics, the paintings and the gilding inside the Basilica are just breathtaking - especially given how many years they have survived and the rich history that is entwined with them.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

This was a highlight of our trip to Venice. Go early to avoid lengthy queues. You are not allowed to take pictures inside, not sure why. People were taking pictures anyway. Fantastic gold mosaics covering the walls and roof and the view from the balcony over the square is worth the climb.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Beaitiful and awe-inspiring basilica. We purchased the "Skip the Queue" tickets to cut the queue via a different entrance and it was well-worth it as the queue was extremely long.

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