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Saint Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San Marco)

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Address: San Marco 328, 30124 Venice, Italy
Phone Number: 39-041-5225205
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9:45 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:45 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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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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Wonderful inside even for someone who isn't religious. Beautiful architecture and art. Unfortunately you have to pay extra to go in certain areas of the Basilica. But worth going... read more

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW via mobile

Wonderful inside even for someone who isn't religious. Beautiful architecture and art. Unfortunately you have to pay extra to go in certain areas of the Basilica. But worth going in anyway.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This church is unfortunately over-visited because of the enormous crowds of people that come to Venice, especially because it sits right on the end of Piazza San Marco. It's nearly impossible to get a corner of the place to your self, but none of that matters when you will be looking up most of the time anyway. The church is... More 

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South West England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Unbelievable place! So glad we booked the evening visit! Absolutely enchanting and peaceful. The underground chambers not usually available to view were incredible. Would love to do it gain, if I ever have the opportunity.

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Titusville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

St Mark's is different from the other cathedrals of Europe. With traders coming from the East, it is an architectural blending of the styles of the East and West. A guide will make your tour more meaningful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Well worth going inside. The mosaic work is breathtaking. I suggest purchasing a ticket in advance if possible.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It is worth seeing of of the Italo-Byzantine architecture on this church. The golden Mosaics are breath-taking! The treasury is wonderful with a vast collection of Byzantine metalwork. Have fun seeing the tourist "showered" by hundreds of pigeons if someone throws a cookie or a bread at the piazza.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great experience worth the five euros to access the terrace and come face to face with the four horses and good views of San Marco Square.Treasury visit we thought not such good value

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Well worth a visit it is free to get in but you need to pay extra for different exhibits within in I think they are worth it but depends on your budget! You need to take your rucksacks off and store them down the street dont worry it secure! The outside is spectaculor but inside you can spend sometime looking... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It's so beautiful, awesome construction, I have no words, after see this art work you have to go to the bridge of sights.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Take a few minutes to visit the Basilica, the entrance is free and it's pretty. In the heart of Venice, at San Marco square.

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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.