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Saint Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San Marco)

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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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St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Tour with Optional Doge's Palace Visit
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St Marks Cathedral and its Treasures - Skip The Line Guided Tour
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Gold gilded ceilings and too many awesome and beautiful things to count. Let's just say that the people and Doges of Venice had some power and some wealth in days gone by. A... read more

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Gold gilded ceilings and too many awesome and beautiful things to count. Let's just say that the people and Doges of Venice had some power and some wealth in days gone by. A must see.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The scale and beauty of this Basilica is amazing. Inside. Outside. Everywhere. It is hot and crowded in the summer, but still put it on your list.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This basilica is the most important and imponent building on the city. Not only the size of the building is giant but also the architecture is amazing, the interior is very rich and well designed and the name of the basilica is because the body of S. Marc is buried here.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Basilica was closed to the public the day I was there and the area was to crowded. Beautiful sites and some great pictures.

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Wales, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The queue is long but moves quickly so don't be put off. Women need to have shoulders and knees covered - if you don't, just as you go inside you'll be offered brown sheets of paper for €1 to cover them with so unless you want to walk around dressed as a paper bag, dress appropriately lol. Men are fine... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We purchased the Skip the Line tour which included the museum and entrance to the loggia on the 2nd floor. You must climb 42 steps. This is a great photo op of St Marks Square and the Grand Canal.

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Everywhere you look in this church is fascinating. The architecture is amazing and the church has a very holy vibe

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This church is simply breathtaking. The mosaics are gorgeous and worth spending more than the 10 minutes our tour guide took us through. Photos are not allowed in the church. Our guide said the lights are only turned on for one hour a day--I believe from 11-12pm. Do note that you need to check backpacks in. Also you need to... More 

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after standing in alike a while, I didn´t see anything about the upstairs. But, since I am a TAD curious, I saw an open door (on the right, right before you walk into the church) and up I went. ALl is well, as at the top there was a cashier -- had to pay I THINK 5 euros, but it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Will never forget walking through the narrow side streets and finally reaching the square. Just stood in amazement !! The first view of the Basilica is awe-inspiring. Because it was late at night we booked skip the line for the following day - well worth doing to avoid the long queues. The architecture, mosaics and truly spiritual environment left us... More 

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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.