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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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An Amazing bit of Architecture

This site is a must see and worth the extra Euros to go to the balcony and look out over the Square. Basilicas are supposed to be awesome and San Marco beyond awesome. See it... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

This site is a must see and worth the extra Euros to go to the balcony and look out over the Square. Basilicas are supposed to be awesome and San Marco beyond awesome. See it before in sinks!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

amazing. Large lines move quickly. Dark, photos forbidden. Need to be dressed appropriately - shoulders need to be covered. cheesy gift shop, seriously. Magnificent structure

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

The architecture is stunning and I am sure everyone wants to visit. The queue to go inside is massive so go early to try to beat the rush

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

The Basilica is undoubtedly a must see amongst the architectural majesty of Venice. Would highly recommend purchasing the queue jump ticket online in advance to avoid the hideously long queues in hot temperatures. We opted for a guided tour which cost €20 each, and were greeted by an enthusiastic tour guide. The tour itself was disappointing, little interesting information was... More 

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Cairns, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Located in the Piazza di San marco, this Basilica was originally opened to house the corpse of St Mark. The present building dates back to 1094 after it’s predecessor was gutted by fire. It is free to the public (although 5 euro to access the higher level) and open from 0945am – 445pm Mon-Sat, 2-4pm Sunday and holidays. Beware that... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Lovely Basilica but the best part is going up to the roof. The views are incredible. You have to pay to enter the museum up there. I think that's the only way to access the roof. So we went through this small museum which was interesting. Then we stepped out onto the roof and wow. That was really worth it.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

A beautiful Basilica and a must see. Pay the extra money to go behind the altar - a brilliant and mesmerising sight. If you are inappropriately dressed you will be given a shawl to cover up on entering. Lines are quite long in summer but they also move quickly. Make sure to go out on the balcony to see the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

A classic must-see. Go early or late to miss the long lines in the hot sun. Remember to check your backpack before getting in line.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

After seeing this iconic location so many times of TV and film, I have to say that I was quite disappointed. Loads of pigeons and therefore loads of pigeon poo which doesn't appear to be cleaned way very often. Inside the Basilica is a completely different matter and therefore well worth a visit. Just don't get pooped upon before you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

I love this place. It's one of those locations that is instantly recognizable, and a pleasure to be in. The Basilica is breathtaking, and a great place ti visit. Then there are cafes all around the square, and in the evening you can listen to music and drink hot cocoa or coffee. Feeding the pigeons is a blast, especially for... More 

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Additional Information about Saint Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San Marco)

Address: San Marco 328, 30124 Venice, Italy
Phone Number: 39-041-5225205
Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Veneto  >  Province of Venice  >  City of Venice  >  Venice>  > San Marco
Open Hours:
Sunday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:45 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:45 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:45 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:45 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:45 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:45 am - 5:00 pm

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San Marco
The most famous sestiere (district) in Venice has one of the world's most famous squares, St. Mark's (Piazza San Marco). Anchored on one end by the basilica, clustered around it are restaurants, museums, shops, orchestras playing in the square, pigeons, the grand pink Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale), the soaring campanile bell tower, an astrological clock tower, plus gorgeous cafes and restaurants like Florian and Quadri. Piazza San Marco is beloved by Venetians themselves. They book a table anytime, which offers a buffer from the fray. This grand outdoor drawing room attracts Venetians for a stroll too, especially late in the afternoon when the hoards of daytrippers thin out. It's simply a grand place to meet.