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Basilica di San Marco

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Address: San Marco 328, 30124 Venice, Italy
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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 surpassed our expectations. We were in awe the mosaics, have never seen any anywhere to surpass what there is here. The Pala D'Oro is spectacular - encrusted... read more

Reviewed December 18, 2015
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Reviewed December 18, 2015

St Mark's Basilica surpassed our expectations. We were in awe the mosaics, have never seen any anywhere to surpass what there is here. The Pala D'Oro is spectacular - encrusted with jewels on a setting of gold that would be hard to replicate today. The museum is filled with fantastic artifacts and should not be missed either. Entry to the... More 

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Reviewed December 18, 2015

Having visited the Hagia Sophia in Instanbul I was totally surprised to see a complete Byzantium cathedral with such impressive decoration. The entire walls and ceilings were beautifully decorated with intricate religious mosaics that were absolutely stunning. The entire ambience of the basilica was spiritually uplifting and was a great way for us to start our visit to key attractions... More 

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Reviewed December 17, 2015

Be warned that the lines are long (even off season), but you'll save yourself some time if you know in advance that you can't bring in bag of any kind. There's a place around the corner where you can check them for free. I saw lots of people get all the way to the front of the line before being... More 

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Reviewed December 17, 2015

This is a must see in Venice! It is an incredible work of art. It's free to get in the basilica and then there are extra rooms that have a charge. The treasury is 3 euro and not really worth it, but the top of the basilica is 5 euro and VERY worth it.

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Reviewed December 17, 2015

It looks gorgeous from the outside. The attraction was very crowded with people queueing in lines to get in.

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Clevedon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 17, 2015 via mobile

We had a lovely time here even around the water at front of the basilica (get you sandals on if you want to be quicker), the place is amazing and the museum on top is a good place to learn more about Venezia.

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Santa Clara, California
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Reviewed December 16, 2015

The Ponte di Rialto completed in 1588 is the most central location in Venice. Access from Marco Polo Airport is possible via Alilaguna, the water bus. From this stop, Vaporettos ply the Grand Canal with frequent service and stops. Piazza San Marco is the most famous square in Venice and is flanked by the Palazzo Ducale and the Basilica San... More 

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Reviewed December 16, 2015 via mobile

Free to go in, as its a place of worship other things inside (museum, treasure etc charges). Mosaic ceiling is amazing we went as the sun went down and the mosaics were flooded with hold light very magical.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed December 16, 2015

There are almost always long queues to visit the church, so go with time on hand. The Basilica is breathtakingly beautiful, with absolutely fascinating mosaics. You can climb up to the balcony for a fee. There's also a fee to enter room of treasures, which contains the relics of saints - another interesting feature.

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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Reviewed December 15, 2015

Take in the great view of the Basilica from across the square. Its wonder of architecture and artistry stands out. If going inside, which is to be recommended, do get a reservation as I have seen long lines of people standing in the water that crosses the square at high tide.

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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.
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