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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
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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Ceiling and original horses are must sees

The mosaics are stunning, as is the altarpiece taken from Constantinople. Go into the museum up the stairs behind the facade and see the original bronze horses. The guards in the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

The mosaics are stunning, as is the altarpiece taken from Constantinople. Go into the museum up the stairs behind the facade and see the original bronze horses. The guards in the church are nutty Fascists, though, so beware!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

the visit may be free but it's also very restricted, be prepared to be herded like a sheep through the very crowded route through the basilica. you could get by on admiring the exterior if you have seen other domed and mosaicked edifices.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

We had just been to Rome and were in St. Peter's. Nothing, of course compares. This is a better than average basilica but we went off season and walked right in. I don't think it's worth waiting in line for especially if you have view other great churches in Europe. Soak up the vibes on the Plaza San Marco and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Wonderful church with lots to see and wonder at. Gets very crowded so go either very early or rather later. The church suffers a bit a times from very large crowds of Chinese and America tourist groups which seem in the end to dominate the place. So to enjoy it better go outside of the main 'tourist times', i.e. middle... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

We were a little Basilica'd out by the time we hit this one in S. Marco square, but it was still a great place to see. They had a little mass going on while we were there so it was nice to see it in action. Not picture rule, but it wasn't enforced. People were flashing left and right. Can't... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

This is a beautiful confection of a church dominating St Mark's Square and at the same time so distinctive as you approach it by sea There is always a long queue to get in If there is a service going on - you skirt round and go upstairs This is the best bit Get to the horses - these magnificent... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

St Marks Square is iconic as is the Basilca and it is free to enter. We were told to go to the museum which is up some steep steps which we found difficult to negotiate but it was worth it. Here you find bits of the old mosiacs that have been preserved and the 4 horses as now preserved here.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Again hustle and bustle but fantastic square. The architecture of the buildings was amazing. A spectacular sight.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

We visited in November, a sensible to time I think to avoid over crowding at one of Europe's most iconic attractions. No queues, free entry into the main church, but to your right as you enter the church is a steep staircase leading upward. At the top of this staircase you must pay a small fee for entrance into the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Spectacular setting in St Marks Square. Relics strange and fascinating. Lots to look at in this busy building. It is still a place of worship so visitors have to be respectful.

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