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Saint Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San Marco)

Address: San Marco 328, 30124 Venice, Italy (San Marco)
Phone Number: 39-041-5225205
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Ranked #8 of 215 Attractions in Venice
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Churches/ Cathedrals, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: Yes
Owner description: Blending the architectural styles of East and West, Venice's...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Churches/ Cathedrals, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Hours:
Sun 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:45 am - 5:00 pm
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.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

The square itself is only worthy of a few minutes, but nearby are a couple of museums, the palace, cathedral, water-front and a lot of shops

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

Overrated in my opinion, but the high end shops are all around this place. I'd prefer to walk along the shore outside San Marco.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

Spectacular work. An international treasure to be visited more than once because it is likely to miss something the first time, either because one forgot to look, or there was renovation in progress.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

From the outside you are struck by the sheer size of this dramatic Byzantine masterpiece. It basically forms the entire end of the piazza. There is a ticket stand to see the museum and the balcony of the church but if you want you don't have to pay the five euros. The entryway and part of the main floor is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

This is a must see while in Venice. Secure tickets first. The ticket office is on your right as you enter the square. They sell tickets to see all of the attractions within the square. But do yourself a favor, go early or later in the day, say after 2pm to avoid the crowds from the cruise ships. Once inside,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

This is the most Beautiful Church I have ever seen. Spectacular !!! The Mosaics are beautiful and the history is fascinating. It is a must see in Venice.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

St. Mark's Basilica is the most famous church in Venice. It is officially known as Basilica Cattedrale Patriarcale di San Marco. It has most beautiful Byzantine architecture and is sometimes called the Chiesa d'Oro (Church of Gold), because of the gilded interior mosaics. The original St. Mark's Church was built in 828. It was a lot smaller than the current... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

Beautifully decorated building. You walk round in awe of the mosaics and decor. Free to walk around the main hall with side areas and upper balcony a few euros extra. Well worth the 5 euros for museum and balcony. Must visit whilst in beautiful venice.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

You have to leave your backpacks in a cloakroom around the corner - follow the signs carefully. There are beggars on the doors both going in and coming out. This is a beautiful old church full of glorious artefacts, carvings, etc. No charge to enter but once you are inside there are various areas you can go into for a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

Venice is a place where even if they would beat up every visitor entering a city, people would still be flocking in. Basilica is beautiful but they don't have to do anything special to impress you and so they don't. You just don't feel the same level of hospitality like on some other places.

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