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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 205 attractions in Venice
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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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Seattle, Washington
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132 reviews 132 reviews
27 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Do some reading before you hit this area. Some serious reading so you'll know what you are looking at. Then get set to brave the mobs, hordes, crowds of tourists from all over. Certain times of the day are better than others - early, and sometimes late afternoon after the mob is too tired to see any more and heads... More

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Montreal
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The history of the Basillica was amazing, The crowds of people added to the value of a visit well worth the time.

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Perth
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332 reviews 332 reviews
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212 helpful votes 212 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

There is only one way to describe this church, STUNNING!! The outside is under reconstruction at the moment but you can still see how beautiful it is. Once inside...you might have to queue to get in for a little while...it just leaves you speechless. The ceiling is so beautiful made out of golden mosaic. I could spend hours looking at... More

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Sao Paulo, SP
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213 reviews 213 reviews
170 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

This Church is incredible, and inside it is actually better, since it is well decorated and also contain a few marvels like Palla Di Oro and the Bronze Horses stolen from Constantinopla during the Crusades. By the way, the entrance of the church is free, but if you want to visit the small treasury room, the palla di oro or... More

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Bristol
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Definitely worth getting to see the 4 horses which are displayed up on the first floor. The views from there are terrific, over the square. We got a ticket via internet to jump the queue which was a great help. There are also many mosaics on display for a closer look..

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London, United Kingdom
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75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

There were long queues to get into the church when we visited. Entry is free. However we had booked a timed ticket on their website which cost us 2 euro each. It was worth it as we got to walk straight in and avoid waiting in the line. I suppose this is a gamble because others have commented that there... More

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Bristol, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

First here in 1967 but always return for inspiration and to check out the ongoing renovations. This past trip, I walked right in...NO line and I was pleased to be able to walk out on the upper loggia for a photo session of the square. The fees charged to see other areas and collections of the church are very minimal... More

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Skipton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

Try to get to San Marco early to miss the crowds and the school trips, so that you have a chance to look around without being pushed and asked to move on. You can pay to see additional things, but entrance to the Basilica is free. Inside you will be amazed by the beauty of the mosaics, careful of the... More

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Taunton, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

We queued only to find that you cannot take bags into the church. We did not want to split as a party, so we did not go in. They need to provide a baggage area ( we only had a small rucksack and was refused entry).

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

I made the mistake of asking one of St.Mark's Basilica staff which entrance to use as I had a pre paid ticket to which the man simply grabbed my arm and pushed me, shouting in the process, he was very confrontational for NO reason! Absolutely appalling, I complained to the other member of staff but nobody seemed to care, it... More

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