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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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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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The mosaics in this cathedral and amazing. Many are completed with gold plated tiles. The cathedral stands guard over a wonderful and full of life palazzo. The climb to the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

The mosaics in this cathedral and amazing. Many are completed with gold plated tiles. The cathedral stands guard over a wonderful and full of life palazzo. The climb to the second level of the cathedral should be done by all who visit as it gives a wonderful view of the palazzo.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

Saint Mark's Basilica is a wonderful place, definitely don’t miss it during you trip to Venice. Entry to the main part is free. You may notice a long line before entry because the amount of visitors inside is limited. But the waiting time vary a lot during the day (and of course it depends on a day of week). I... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

It houses the relics of St. Mark (patriarch of Venice) stolen in Alexandria by the Venetians, where the saint had died, although the authenticity of the relics is not certain. The dominant style of Byzantine basilica, full of golden mosaics inside and consists of five domes. The marble facade is covered with mosaics, reliefs and sculptures, on which stands the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

We obviously had to go as it is high on the list of places to see. Whatever you do, you must realise that if you sit down where the wonderful musicians are, you will need to sit down when you get the bill! It is a shame that there was nowhere else to sit in the square other than at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Beautiful building which you cannot go to Venice without visiting. Queues can be long at times, but moved reasonably quickly. Free entry with options inside to pay nominal fees to see more parts including the balcony. Great artwork throughout which you cannot fail to be amazed with. They say no pictures and there are a few staff walking around but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Although I was able to see it from outside only, its architecture is not paralleled in Europe. It gives you a feel of a blend of Gothic and middle eastern architecture. The crowd there was beyond belief.

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Derby, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

There is nowhere to sit in St Mark's Square and watch the world go by unless you are prepared to pay up to 15 euros for a cup of coffee!

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Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

You need more than one visit to the basilica which is free because there is so much to take in. It is busy but don't let that put you off enough not to look. The art work is everywhere and you will be quite overwhelmed at first but just wander round and take it in a bit at a time.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Long line to enter, but it's free. No backpacks so you have to know about the place around the corner beforehand to store (thanks Rick Steves). Nice church but I guess the whole St. Mark's Square schlock just set me off - this is worth the walk thru if you have the time but don't pay extra inside - extras... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Massive queue, and if you have a backpack you will be turned down to go to another queue to drop it and then back in the same queue you were. Quite rude staff from what I saw with other people. I was carrying a small eastpack backpack and got it with it. Beautiful inside! Well worth the wait!

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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.