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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 #10 of 215 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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Acton, Canada
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

We only got to see the outside which was under construction. It was breathtaking. The square is amazing to stand in and take photos.

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Aberdeen, Scotland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Go early or later...opens 9.45am and seems to close at 5pm...but maybe open later. Go up stairs to right of entrance and pay the 5 euros to go onto balcony..well worth it. Looking round that museum is very good and the view across the squarer and down to the sea and very nice. Backpacks need to be deposited a few... More

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Maplewood, New Jersey
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Piazza San Marco is a large plaza anchored by St. Marks Basilica and Palazzo Ducale. We walked from the Rialto to Piazza San Marco after getting off the Vaporetto (1). It was a nice walk and the line to get into the Basilica was not bad at all. Even though it was Aug, it took us only 10 min to... More

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Its located in one of the most famous and busiest places of Venice. The St Mark;s square. Next to it is the Doge palace. The Church is always crowded with tourists and so prepare yourself to be in a decent line of queue. Once inside the church you will be awestruck with the golden mosaic art depicting biblical figures and... More

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Beautiful church, best to visit early in the morning as it gets very crowded. Worth leaving plenty of time here as there is just so much to see. The gold and jewels around the alter are stunning.

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Chantilly, Virginia
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We got a walking tour which meant we did not have to line up for tickets etc. Well worth it especially in August. Do ot bring a large bag or you will have to drop it off. Women need to have their sholders covered and there is a dress code.You cant come to Venice and not see Saint Mark's. It... More

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Falkirk, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We queued for quite some time to see this, the ceilings were amazing - there are other museums within this building that you have to pay extra to get into (only a few euros each but can get quite expensive if there are quite a few of you) Oh and as you come out there is a tacky little counter... More

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Oslo, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Italy (like most of Europe) has an abundance of magnificent cathedrals each with something unique to offer. What makes Saint Mark's Basilica special is the mosaic on the floor/ground that starts outside the front door. The extensiveness of the mosaic throughout the entire facility combined with the intricacies of every picture and pattern is amazing. The artwork here is not... More

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Perth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

An awesome sight at night with lots of people around and music from wonderful 4 piece groups in several of the cafes.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We were there in July which is the height of the tourist season, but even getting there 30 minutes before opening it was crazy busy. Nice to see, but I should have gone to a church off the beaten path. This area is just too crowded. Will have to return during low season to really enjoy it.

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