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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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Buffalo, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

I tend to visit basilicas and cathedrals routinely.this is certainly not the largest or grandest but I enjoyed it immensely. On our most recent trip we had the privilege of an after hours evening performance of singers in the candle light church. This was magical. Everyone on the visit to Venice should stop in this beautiful church. Think of all... More

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Tasmania, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

This was sold as a "Skiip the Line" walking tour of the city and St Mar's Basilica. We were disappointed. While we had earpieces, they were poor quality and many people had trouble heasring - there were 25 of us. We did not skip the line, merely joined it , and our guide said "the season is finished, so there... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

A fabulous basilica, large queue but well worth it. Not supposed to take pictures, but as everyone else was, we did also

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Amsterdam
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

We were disappointed to find St. Mark's Basilica mostly covered in scaffolding. Outside ornamentation and architecture hard to see. Waited in line in morning rain before it opened to avoid a longer wait later on. Inside was very historical and ornate but somewhat dark on a rainy morning.

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Nottingham
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

If you are in Venice this is where everything is happening. I have never seen so many people and tour groups. It's so busy you cannot sit down and take it all in. One of the best main squares in any city I have seen. Buildings and architecture are fantastic very venician.

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Mussoorie, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Like many early churches there were plenty of history involved in its building. Not to mention the burning the original structure down, to be rebuilt. The story of how St Marks body was smuggled out of Alexandria under piles of pork is set in mosaics in the facade and knowing a bit about its history will make the mosaics that... More

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

It is almost unimaginable to fathom how old the building is and how much manpower went into constructing this amazing landmark. The tour guide transported us back through the years and opened our eyes to the story of this jewel of a basilica. A "must see!"

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Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Plan your time at San Marco's Square and Church for the times when the day trippers and cruise ship people are not there. Afternoons after 2pm seem ideal. The line at St Marks was VERY long in the morning but we walked right in to church around 4 pm with no line. Check what time the church closes however. Give... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Be sure to go inside! Wander the plaza and look up at all the beautiful archetecture (camera zoom is good for this)

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Covington, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

The history and works of art contained in this Basilica are definitely worth your time in Venice. This is a must see place. I highly recommend seeing it with a guide that understands the history and significance of this structure to be able to fully appreciate what you are looking at. Our guide through Walks of Italy was fantastic. She... More

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