Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
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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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Neighborhood: 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.
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  • arsen21
    Baltimore, Maryland175 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Buy tickets online!
    Nice church inside and outside. However, if you are not going to buy tickets online for €6 at their website, you will save €3, but you will spend a lot of time standing in line. Question is, whether or not such saving is worth it. As for me, I’ve paid €6 for a ticket with the 9:30 am time of entry. I didn’t choose any other options they were offering- just a church itself- and 20 minutes were enough to walk around, admire the masterpiece, light a candle and take a few pictures.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 26, 2023
  • Kallang
    534 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive beautiful church
    Seems very hard to get online tickets for the church. Had to buy more expensive guided tickets from get a guide app to the church to beat the queue. The guide was good and well worth the money. She could explain many things to us. The church is very ornate and full of gold leaf. What was great was to go up to the outside terraces at the church. There are stunning views from the terraces. What was interesting was to find out that the facade of the church is made up of stuff that was looted from Constantinople.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 30, 2023
  • Zoe W
    Kent, United Kingdom237 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning Architecture and decor
    Visited during 2 day stay. Well worth it as it’s beautiful inside. Not a long tour. We got to the queue about 8:50am and were fairly near the front. The queue was a lot longer by 9am. Opens at 9:30am.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 4, 2023
  • Carole B
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    With a guide
    We opted for a guided tour which gets you to the front of the queue which can be considerable. We were all given earphones so there was no missing what the guide was saying. The guide was very knowledgeable and funny. The basilica is breathtaking and the view from the terrace is wonderful. Definitely a must when in Venice.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 18, 2023
  • Quiet_n_Warm
    Bristol, United Kingdom158 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If it’s going to be a hot day, pay to skip the line
    The weather forecast was good so we bought skip the line tickets. Thank goodness. Queuing for almost an hour in the midday sun is not recommended. What a basilica. It was simply stunning. The standard entry only gets you onto the ground floor ‘loop’. To see Pala D’Or and other sights cost extra. Ground floor only, you just get 30 mins but it’s worth it. Arrive early. We were there 15 mins ahead of our ticket time and were let in.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 1, 2023
  • IrishFan-80
    Lancaster, Pennsylvania4,977 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sunday Mass packed!
    We were blessed to attend the 10am Sunday Mass here and even though in Italian we loved being in such a beautiful Catholic Basilica. The dedication of the early Faithful is still being rewarded today. We did the full tour too. Keep The Faith!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 10, 2023
  • Gloria K
    17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our Absolute Best Collection of Art
    Couldn't get enough of this place. The gold painting everywhere and every inch had to be taken in one step at a time. The outside was enough for me until we stepped inside. It's no wonder Venice has spent millions on saving this magnificent house of worship.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 15, 2023
  • Menekag
    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam1,926 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Still breathtakingly beautiful
    There is quite a long queue to enter the basilica but once inside the architecture and the mosaic work is worth the hassle. We booked a tour with skip the line tickets so we didn’t have to queue for too long. Definitely worth the extra € you have to pay for this. Once inside you could pay €7 to go to the top. The view is amazing. You see how beautiful Venice actually is and of course how crowded it gets. There are some historic pieces like the sculptures of the horses on top. Worth seeing the alter from the top.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 18, 2023
  • he_man_o
    Bellevue, Washington57 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    excellent cathedral, worth the museum add-on
    excellent cathedral with astonishing mosaic murals and ceilings. very crowded, and flow is regulated in 1 way. we paid extra for the add ons and they were worth it. especially the museum on the top floor which gets you even closer to the mosaic murals, and also gives you a nice view of the entire square. sadly there is some ugly scaffolding arranged in front of the building which blocks and ruins the view of the cathedral from the middle of the square.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 20, 2023
  • Gail L
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    The entry is EUR3 to see the church and you can pay the extra EUR7 once inside to go up to the balcony and see the horses with a magnificent view. It really is not necessary to pay for a tour. We stood in what seemed a long queue but were inside within 20 minutes.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 21, 2023
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Nisa Ismail
London, UK11 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
I must say just standing outside and admiring the architecture of the church was the best part of seeing it. The inside was slightly underwhelming.

Entry to the church is free but all of the interesting things you might want to see (like the church treasury) come at an extra cost. It's only a couple of euro's here and there so we would've been happy to pay if we'd known prior - bring change & smaller notes! Without paying for any of these little extra's we walked around the whole church in about 20 minutes, (after queuing for 30!)

They are strict on the dress code at all churches in Italy to cover up - although you can purchase a shawl on entry. Overall, its free so definitely worth going inside if you have time to kill, but the outside is the best part!
Written January 10, 2020
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clare w
Fallbrook, CA68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
This is a must go to .
I suggest this approach . Go early in the morning so lines are shorter. The guided tour is good but after seeing the interior go to the museum upstairs ( the stairs are narrow and very steep) but once up top you can pay
2 E and put headphones on to choose different areas of interest that you would like to learn info about... they are all short and interesting. A great value. You can then walk thru the gallery and go outside on the deck to get a spectacular view of San Marco square as well as a canal view . You will be right up close and personal for a picture with the four huge horses that are there as a great photo op !
Written January 22, 2020
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MoonaMuslim
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Aug 2019
St. Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San Marco) from the 11th century, is not only a sight in Venice, probably one of the most fascinating churches in the world. Regardless of religion, origin or culture, when visiting Venice this attraction is a must.
After several conversions over centuries, the Basilica di San Marco was built in the Venetian Gothic style at the beginning of the 17th century.

Due to the large number of tourists and queues, it is advisable to book tickets for sightseeing online in advance. And when they come in the early morning, there aren't that many tourists on the square and in the basilica.
Depending on how interested you are in art and architecture, you can quickly spend 3 hours in the basilica. It is possible to book a tour on the terrace, then you can see St. Mark's Square slightly elevated.

The facade of Basilica di San Marco is impressive from the outside. A richly decorated decoration with marble, innumerable columns of marble and other stone, mosaic-decorated arches, and innumerable sculptures. Offers a great sight!

The church is divided into three naves by powerful pillars and columns. The ceiling consists of five domes. Impressively designed!
The floor is made of marble mosaics and the wall in the lower areas is covered with marble slabs. The upper part of the walls and the ceiling are richly decorated with mosaics and pictures. The many figures and the high altar are equally impressive.
Written June 6, 2020
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joerg t
George, South Africa60 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Markusdom was closed for tourists.
The only possibility was to go in the Markusdom Museum. For an entrancefee of 5€ you could go in a very tiny museum, which had a walkingdistance of ca 30meters.. Exept for four horses in one corner some mosaicpictures on your way out and a woodenmodel of the church definately nothing to see for tourists, which are not specially interested in mosaicpictures. As i "tried" to make a picture of the horses with my mobile a "very agressive watchmen stormt to me shouting in italian language, an italian family beside us where shocked about this situation how we where treated.. Even if there was a sign, not to take pictures, it is no excuse for very aggresive behavior. suggested time to visit that museum, ca 5-10minutes
Written August 19, 2020
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Igor
New York City, NY6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Saint Mark's is a must see when you're in Venice - it's an extravaganza of gold, marble, glass and Murano mosaics. There is always a queue to enter - but it's longest in the morning so plan a visit for late afternoon. Visit the "treasure" area (with a charge ) . Be sure also to visit to loggia (5,00 euro) where there are magnificent views of St Mark's inside, & then walk out onto the roof to view St Mark's piazza.
Written January 8, 2020
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Tillysharpe24
64 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
The museum was closed due to COVID-19 so i think the prices we were charged (5 Euros per person) was unfair as you only got to go upstairs and briefly look at Venice from the balcony however, this was rammed with people so we didn't stay for long. We still queued for over 1 hour.

The view of the museum from outside is absolutely breath taking.
Written August 4, 2020
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Dale-icious
Manchester, UK567 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Tickets purchased in advance is highly recommended. We were granted access at a specified time without queueing.

Note: Appropriate clothing when visiting the Basilica is advised. If you have your knees or shoulders showing, you’ll be asked to buy a plastic wrap. Also, visitors with large luggage will not be allowed access; however, luggage can be stored using free lockers located in Ateneo San Basso (Piazzetta dei Leoncini).
Written August 9, 2020
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Will Jones
Manchester, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
Of the many basilicas that I have visited in Italy, this one has a special touch. I advise a complete guided tour to understand the iconography and meaning of each of the elements, as well as to save time in queues and quickly see the architectural monument of supreme religious nature.
As anywhere you need to enter the building with covered shoulders and knees, but they offer you a cape/scarf for a small fee. In addition, you cannot carry large bags or backpacks, but there is an area next to the inhabited basilica for it.
Written February 4, 2020
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Maggie B
Wolverhampton26 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We went in February and didn't queue to enter at all. Although it's free to go in you can pay for access to other areas e.g. €3 for the treasury, wasnt really impressed by this part so then didnt bother doing the altar - there was a queue and didn't mention how much this extra was. I would however recommend paying the €5 to go up to the museum. (Up a flight of fairly steep staircase if you are unsteady on your feet) This was interesting, you got a close up view of the gold mosaic ceiling, the original horse statues and finally a walk round the roof top which provided lovely views of St Marks Square and the Grand Canal. We enjoyed the Basilica, but in our opinion didn't rate it as good as other Basilicas/Cathedrals we'd visited such at St Peter's in Rome, the Cathedral in Prague or Sagrada Famalia in Barcelona.
Written February 13, 2020
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Marblestone
6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
We bought online an expensive combinded ticket for st marcs dome and the doges palace in order to shortcut the queues. Entry into the doges palace was OK, but at the st marcs dome the warden declared that the dome is closed for visits (which was not indicated on the online reservation formulaire). We only could buy for an extra fee a ticket to climb up to the loggia of the dome and a dull museum.
Written September 6, 2020
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