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“Breathtakingly beautiful!”

Basilica di San Marco
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Skip The Line: St Mark's Basilica Guided Tour
Ranked #3 of 628 things to do in Venice
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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 remains of St. Mark.
Maidstone, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Breathtakingly beautiful!”
Reviewed November 11, 2013

The entire interior was bathed in gold with jewel coloured pictures - beyond description. This was probably the most stunning building I have ever seen and certainly worth a visit.

It was a shame that there were groups being lead around (not by the Basilican authorities). In my opinion, they were disrespectful talking in areas where speaking was not permitted and holding umbrellas etc aloft whilst taking photographs in prohibited areas.

A must to visit.

Visited October 2013
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Des Moines, Iowa
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“Not a "wow"”
Reviewed November 11, 2013

This church is not as awe-inspiring as St.Peter's in Rome, which we had just visited. No cost to just walk through, but not worth the wait if there is a long line.

Visited October 2013
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“Worth a visit, but don't stand in line.”
Reviewed November 10, 2013

This is worth a visit but you might have to stand in line for hours if you don't do this one right. Bring a backpack. The back pack (and large bags) is not allowed in the Basilica, so what you do is, just to the left of the entrance in the small alley you can drop your back pack off for free. You get a ticket, then walk up to the entrance, passing the long line up and show your ticket and they will let you in. Wonderful.

Once inside, some very interesting history. The big horses you see on the outside of the Basilica are reproductions, the real ones are inside. Common courtesy is to be dressed properly with no skimpy clothing. Enjoy.

Visited April 2013
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Dauphin, Canada
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Reviewed November 10, 2013

We visited with our 2 children (13, 10). The church is breathtaking. The mosaics were so beautiful. My husband and I were more impressed than the kids. They would give it 3 1/2 stars. We visited in August during a heat wave and it was very hot, so you might want to go early in the day when visiting in the summer. Remember to dress appropriately and store bags in the lockers. Note- I visited after reading Dan Brown's Inferno, so it was fun to look for items mentioned in the book!

Visited August 2013
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Reviewed November 10, 2013

Went to Mass and "felt" like a local. The Church and the architecture must be seen to be believed. Make sure you take the tour upstairs, it is worth the small amount of 8 euros.

Visited September 2013
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