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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 218 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Another lovely church and this one was a little different with the lovely gold mosaics inside. I went as part of a tour so skipped the long lines. It was a shame to see so many tourists disrespecting the rules and taking photos inside and others not dressed in suitable church attire. I am not a church goer but do... More

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

seeing these extremely old buildings was an eye opener as it is very rare to see a building this old in Australia.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

The Basilica is a must see while in Venice. Next time I visit, I will go either earlier (at opening) or later (near closing) as the crowds made it difficult to really enjoy and appreciate what I was seeing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Beautiful domes with gold mosaics. Water seems to be a problem as while we were there you had to walk a footbridge to get inside. There was something going on and a long line had formed at one point to enter the basilica. We waited a couple hours and came back and it was cleared out. The inside is lavishly... More

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Novi, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

This is definitely worth touring with a guide unless you read all about it in a book. Our guide, Fernado from Tours by Locals, provided an excellent description of the Basilica's building, the marble pieces, time line and a detailed summary of significant historic art work to be appreciated. I would recommend smaller group for this tour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Here is what you do to prevent being pushed through this wonderful church in 10 minutes (that's what they would like you t do): (1) arrive early (around 08:30) and queue, entrance is free (2) make sure you leave your bag pack / large bag behind (otherwise you have to go all the way back to leave them before they... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

So awesome, you really have to go inside to experience it. Go early to avoid a queue. Disliked the fact that once in there you did have to pay for certain areas of the basilica.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Excellent architecture. The mosaics are magnificent. Pay to visit all the areas of the basilica. Spectacular views from the balcony over St. Mark's Square and beyond. Plus the treasury and the Pala d'Oro. All reasonably priced and well worth spending time to visit whilst in the Basilica.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

What is there to dislike (appart from the long lines of people to get in).It is an awesome place to visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

We have been in S.Marco before in the past but on this occasion it was rather like toothpaste passing through a tube. The setting is stupendous and wonderful to see but you are fed in one end trundled around and out of the other. On reflection I suppose it is the volume of visitors passing through but a little less... More

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