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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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Sun 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:45 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Description: 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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The Beautiful Winged Lion

According to legend St Mark’s Basilica is the final resting place of the Evangelist, Mark, after Venetian merchants stole his remains and brought them back to Venice from... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

There might be people who go to church to pray.... But to "enter" the Church of Saint Marc is like a nightmare. The crowds who are been channeled through the church almost kill you. The noise is terrifying... The gards are rude, forbid to take pictures but everybody takes pics... and nobody realizes that the church is the burial-church of... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Too many people, too rushed strongly reccommend going early to avoid the crowds, beautiful artistry inside if you can see without the pushy people taking photos/videos which are forbidden!

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Hobart, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

According to legend St Mark’s Basilica is the final resting place of the Evangelist, Mark, after Venetian merchants stole his remains and brought them back to Venice from Alexandria in 828 A.D. St Mark’s symbol, a winged lion armed with a sword, became the city's emblem and is in evidence throughout the city. The Basilica’s five gigantic domes are supported... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

I visited Venice the first week of May and it wasn't overly populated with tourists. It was busy but the line ups were short (about 15 mins at most) and it was pleasant. It had a happy feel due to the live music which was great so take the time to take it in while there. I loved the oceanside... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Be sure to reserve a "skip the line" ticket. You can enter on the left side of the facade, bypassing the long line.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

the church was very beautiful !!! we really liked it....after our visit we got a drink but too expensive!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

TIP: If you want to go for mass, you have to use the side entrance. A guard will be standing in front of the closed-off entrance, but you can just walk up the ramp past him. If he thinks that you're trying to go in and take pictures, say "la santa messa" which means that you're trying to attend the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

This is such an amazing building. The photos don't do Saint Marks Basilica justice. A must see to take full advantage of its beauty.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Stunning, soaring, golden and mosaic-covered edifice. If you go respectfully on Good Friday evening (it might be the Thursday before, so check), there is a service in which priests read the story of the betrayal and crucifixion of Jesus, proclaiming their dramatic roles from the different elevated columns of the basilica. This uses the resonant space of the edifice to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

If you do only one thing while in Venice, this should be it. And it's free. The power of the Republic of Venice is often forgotten, but if you need to drive the point home as to the great wealth that they amassed through trade, go here. The artwork and opulence is amazing.

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