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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 #11 of 214 attractions in Venice
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Ladera Ranch, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

The tours within the Basilica are all quite wonderful. We took the tour of the living quarters and then of the jails. The guide were well versed in the history and spoke English quite well.

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Bridgewater, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

The best way to see this Basilica is to attend Sunday mass. After all, that is what Saint Mark's was built for! It is an indescribable experience that brought tears of joy to my eyes. Even though the mass we attended was in Italian, you cannot help but feel connected to everyone around you, unified with the sole purpose of... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

I have been here twice, the basilica never fails to impress. I was fortunate enough to celebrate Palm Sunday service and had communion. The choir is amazing. Everywhere that you look you are impressed. Since I have a mixed religious background, I can appreciate the beauty on not only an artistic level, but a religious one as well. If you... More

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Haugesund, Norway
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

It was an undiscribable atmosphere in this beautiful church. A must see when in Venize! I had just read about this church in Dan Browns novel "Inferno", and it was interesting to experience the church in real life. Beautiful!

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Rochester, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Get timed tickets at venetoinside.com. They are only 2 euros each and we walked right in, when the line was HUGE! After seeing the Basilica, go to the museum upstairs (5 euros) for some beautiful views of St. Mark's Square, the Palazzo Ducale and the sea. You can also see the original Four Horses in the museum. These statues have... More

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

This was a classic basilica that is amazing for its history and architecture. The line seems long, but moves very fast.

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Gold Beach, OR
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We had a private tour with no waiting in line. This is the way to go as the line was several blocks long to get in the day we went. We walked right in and had a wonderful guide who explained the interesting history very well. It is so beautiful that you shouldn't miss it. Having a guide to explain... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We were lucky enough to have a private evening tour with the basilica lights on and so were able to skip all the lines and crowds – we were the only ones there. Absolutely amazing!! I have been in many churches and cathedrals and this was just breathtaking. Our guide was an art historian who was really informative and started... More

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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Be sure to go early before the cruise ship passengers come. Arrange a tour or reserve a skip the line ticket through the Basilica's website.I felt rushed through the main church. We had lots of time when we climbed up to look over the city. Be sure to dress properly as this is a sacred place. You won't get in... More

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Something you have to see if visiting Venice. It would spoil it to say more other than if you don't want to queue for a very long time then obtain a prepaid ticket or go around 4.00pm when there should be no queues. Don't forget to cover your shoulders or you will be charged a euro for a paper shawl... More

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