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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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Ranked #11 of 217 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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Cupertino, California
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42 reviews 42 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

The tours offered by St. Marks-not separate ones-are affordable, efficient and offer a wonderful insight into the Basilica and Venice History. While we spent just an hour in the tour, we gained huge insight into Venice, saw remarkable objects, St. Mark's tomb, the Baptistery, the Treasures and the remarkable altarpiece. One of the highlights of our entire month trip.

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Glasgow
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

Early and late in the day it is less busy here but it is never quiet. Right now a lot of the exterior is covered with scaffolding and is blocked from view. Inside, the quality of the mosaics was what struck me right away. This is such a Byzantine building. You could be in Istanbul rather than Italy.The guided tour... More

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Le Mans, Pays de la Loire, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

You need to wait like 40 minutes in the lines to enter. You can skip it buying your ticket on-line (2EUR). We didn't know it, but having internet on smartphone you can make it just before the doors (takes 5 minutes) and enter. Inside there are lots of mosaiques but there is no guide, so prepare your visit in advance.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Very very dark inside. Hard to enjoy it. Good chance the lines will be relatively short or at least will move along.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

We did a tour with Venice Events. The tour guide was excellent and provided a great deal of narrative and historical information. While a tour will help you avoid the long lines, with an average of 25,000 people passing through every day, it's a bit of a crush inside. Pay the extra 5 Euros each to climb the stairs to... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Beautiful cathedral like most in Europe, but also very stunning mosaics. Definitely worth a quick pop in to just see the beautiful mosaics. Go early so there's not a queue.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Art work on the internal ceiling was stunning. Steps to roof almost killed me. Top half of basillica is covered in scaffolding and tarpaulin just now (Sep 14)

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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Go either on the morning or an hour before closing to avoid some of the crush. You can walk through the central part of the Basilica free of charge but, to see the reliquary and the alter there is an entrance fee. The ceiling mosaics are beautiful.

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

I enjoyed going to St. Mark's. Rick Steves has some good tips in his books. For one thing, if you take a big bag with you and check it at the bag check across the way from the basilica, you can move to the front of the line and get in in front of the crowd. I'm not sure why... More

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

be sure to get your tickets on line and then you won't be standing in line. Be sure to spend a little extra to visit the museum that is attached to the masilica

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