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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 215 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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Lawrenceville,NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

This is not to be missed... the history of the bronze horses is remarkable. The art is incredible......

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Yes, there is a long line to enter. Try to go late in the evening, not during the weekend if you can. Take your time to see treasures created among centuries, feel to be centuries apart. The night of Christmas is really a drop in another dimension!

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Glasgow
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

You'll find enough other reviews telling you about the beauty of this church so I thought I would gather together some of the useful tips and information I've gleaned from this site and my own visit. 1.Buy a ticket online(2 euros) beforehand - to avoid queuing in the sun (or check in a bag - see 2). 2.You can't take... More

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Maryland
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Awe inspiring! It doesn't take much time to walk through it....unless you want to pay extra for the extra tours. We'd done enough walking for the day, so we didn't bother. Besides we were on a budget. The Euro takes no prisoners...IJS! Anyway, it is well worth the tour. Backpacks are NOT allowed. There is a place to check them... More

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Yeppoon, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

This cathedral was truly amazing. Make sure you go upstairs to see the horses and the views. The mosaics on the walls, ceilings and floors were remarkable.

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Ajijic, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

The impressive exterior, with its sculpted horses up above and wonderful Venetian paintings adorning the facade is a must-see. Next to the Doge's Palace, there are always huge crowds of people in St Mark's Square.

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Marlow, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

What an amazing place. This attraction is free to get into, but you do have to wait in the queue. We arrived at 10am and queued for around 15 minutes. TIP: check your bag in where they ask you to before you get in the queue! Otherwise a lot of gaffing will ensue!! I'm not much of an art person,... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Amazing experience! The square and the Basilica are really outstanding ! We really recommend this Italian treasure!!! Avoid the line that can be seriously long! :)

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Kadina, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

This is a very beautiful church, it is free to enter however the lines can be very long. I was lucky and only waited about 10 minutes. Once you are in there is plenty of room to move around and it didn't seam crowded at all. Even though entry is free there are a few sections that you have to... More

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Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Te Basilica di San Marco is absolutely breathtaking to look at, and even more amazing to visit. We didn't go upstairs, as we were a bit pressed for time, but I would highly recommend popping in if you have a few spare minutes like we did.

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