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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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9:45 am - 5:00 pm
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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
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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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Must Visit in Venice

This basilica is definitely a place you need to visit during your time in Venice. It is the landmark church of Saint Mark's Square and a beautiful place to visit. The museum on... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This basilica is definitely a place you need to visit during your time in Venice. It is the landmark church of Saint Mark's Square and a beautiful place to visit. The museum on the second floor features the original horses that used to be located outside. The museum costs 5 Euros per person, but well worth it for the view... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

With several cruise ships in town, the crowds make it hard to enjoy and appreciate the area. Try to schedule your visit when as few (or no) cruise ships are in town

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We have been in St Mark's on previous visits and usually it is quite dark in there to preserve the paintings; you also have to pay. If you go to a service you do not have to pay and all of the lights are on so that you can see the full splendour of the golden walls and paintings. We... More 

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Recommend booking on line the 'Jump the Queue' tickets at two euros per head. Printed them at home came and presented them at the left hand of the three entrance doors. Only waited a few minutes then straight in. Alternative is the free entrance queue which was enormous so this probably saved us at least an hour's wait. Inside you... More 

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We went with "Walks of Italy" tour to avoid the crowds. It's the best way to see and appreciate the Basilica of St Marks. It also included the Dodges Palace including the Bridge of Sighs. No waiting and a interesting narration of the history of Venice.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

If your coming to Venice, this is a must. Much history here. Apostol Marks bones supposedly lie here, sum say its Alexander the Greats remains, just interesting. They will charge you a fee to go into some areas of the Basilica.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The basilica is notable in that the ceiling has murals done entirely of mosaics! This makes it unique from most other basilicas you will visit in Italy, including St. Peter's

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Best not to go here during peak tourist season as the crowds are unbelievable. The square floods twice a day with the high tides and it is quite hard to get into the Basilica at this time.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Saint Mark's Basilica is a highlight in this beautiful city. Both inside and out it is a stunning building. You have to move through quite quickly and can't take photos inside, but it's well worth a look. Even if you are all 'churched out' in Europe, try and get to this one.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Good place to Pray. Strict about what to wear. Ladies to avoid sleeveless and short dresses. Great interiors with hundreds of years old paintings and statutes.

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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.