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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Neighbourhood: 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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  • Blake Russell
    Dallas, Texas11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very pretty
    Absolutely breathtaking Cathedral! The attention to detail is mind blowing. Highly recommend going if you are in Venice! FYI: If you do go, and are a woman, you will have to have your legs covered OR buy a scarf from a vendor located right in front of the church.
    Visited August 2022
    Written 10 March 2023
  • genie291
    Droitwich, United Kingdom40 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A wonderful building. Enjoyed the beautiful sculptures and paintings.
    A lovely experience we will not forget. Amazing experience wewill not forget, The audio guide we used was slightly difficult to use as looking at a suggested view dident always match the audio message. However this did not spoil our trip.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 16 March 2023
  • Gina
    Looe, United Kingdom2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magnificent building worth a visit
    Truly beautiful and amazing. Sadly went in just before they closed so didn't get to spend as long as I'd liked. Definitely worth a visit. Was also hhe only place my daughter wantd to visit on our short trip to Venice. You pay for the museum and rooftop separately so if you don't want to you don't have to go up, but really if you're there why wouldn't you.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 March 2023
  • Dawn P
    Radcliffe, United Kingdom160 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and steeped in history
    The Basilica really need to be seen as it is stunning even for those without religious beliefs. Our guide was fantastic and talked through all the history of the building and the different variations of the building went through depending on who ruled Venice at the time. It’s really quite something to think that certain elements were brought to Venice in 300 AD from distant lands and hoisted into place without any of the tools we take for granted these days. The mosaics are beautiful but again take on a different dimension when the guide is explaining how they were all made and how each piece was made and selected. The view from the top is worth the short climb as you see the whole of st marks square.
    Visited July 2022
    Written 14 April 2023
  • TJ
    United Kingdom130 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Too busy to enjoy
    Stunning building, but overwhelmed with tour groups - too many allowed in at once for other visitors to enjoy the Basilica. Admission does not include the area around the altar (an extra €5) or the balcony (another €7 on top). If you had to pick between the Palace and the Basilica go next door.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 18 April 2023
  • Whitney P
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Most efficient way to see the major sites
    This is the most efficient way to visit the major sites in Rome. The guide was very knowledgeable about the history, culture, and art of Vatican city. My sone felt a bit lightheaded towards the end of the tour and the guide was helpful in providing accommodations for him.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 25 April 2023
  • Ros T
    Devizes, United Kingdom592 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see in Venice
    You really can't give this less than 5/5. We have been before, but chose to revisit. The Basilica opens at 9.30am, but the queue started an hour before. We joined about 9.15am and we're inside within the hour. It's just €3 per person, and well worth it.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 May 2023
  • Jarmo L
    Helsinki, Finland285 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive mosaics
    Combined skip the line ticket to Basilica San Marco + Pala d'Oro + Museum Loggia Cavalli was 20 euros online and it was quite quick to get in. You can show the ticket from your phone. In my opinion, the Pala d’Oro is not worth five euros, unless you are actually interested to see it. The museum is quite small, but you will get to see the ceiling mosaics closer and there is also access to the outside balcony with a view to St. Mark’s Square. The staircase to the museum is really steep.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 3 May 2023
  • Deanosaur89
    Edmonton, Canada2,147 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Church Enjoyed from the Outside
    Entrance to the Basilica is free but there was a very long line whenever we were in the area. There is a small fee to skip the line but it was so busy that we just enjoyed the church from the outside. The outside has many mosaics made with real gold and it is interestingly designed with no two columns looking the same. The columns were plundered from Constantinople or are medieval recreations. We visited at the start of high season in April and you may have better luck with less crowds in low season or expect to wait some time if you want to go in.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 May 2023
  • Kenneth E
    Erwin, Tennessee505 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive sites, buy skip the line tickets
    I bought the skip the line tickets with the museum and Pala d'oro added. Well worth the €20. Without it, the entry fee is €3 but the standy line wraps around the basilica. Extremely long line. With skip the line, we walked right in. Inside the Pala d'oro It would been another €5 then museum another €7. So worth the little extra for skip the line. The museum was best part. You get to walk out on the roof near the 4 horses. Beautiful sight of San marco and ocean. The church is gorgeous. To see all 3 took about an hour. A must see.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 May 2023
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Tommo
Melbourne, Australia50,344 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
St Mark’s Basilica located in St Marks Square, dates back to the 9th century . It has been dedicated to St Mark the Evangelist, the patron saint of Venice.

The Basilica was built to guard St Mark's relics, which were stolen in Egypt. The Basilica is famous for the dominance of golden mosaics.

Its really a must visit site in Venice.

Do also visit the Bell Tower as the views are spectacular.
Written 18 February 2024
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brat0029
North Mankato, MN172 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
We've been blessed enough to see some of the most important/famous churches in Europe, including Notre Dame, Canterbury Cathedral, St. Paul's Cathedral and the Vatican. St. Mark's Basilica is easily a top five experience. Absolutely beautiful. What is great about this one is that it predates many of the great churches and you can see the strong Byzantine influence in the architecture. You'll also see the relics of St. Mark, which helped make Venice an important pilgrimage spot.

And it also has the Pala d'Oro, the Golden Cloth. From Wikipedia - It is universally recognized as one of the most refined and accomplished works of Byzantine enamel, with both front and rear sides decorated.
Written 1 February 2024
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Mary S
Catalonia, Spain2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
This is one of the prettiest buildings I have even seen in my life; it has so many incredible angles that can impress everyone who is in front of it. great history and magnifique art, and hopefully everyone can visit and see how incredible this building is.
Written 11 January 2024
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peter t
Toronto, Canada34 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
We visited the beautiful San Marco a few years ago and wanted to recapture the splendor of this basilica. What a major disapointment from our last visit. After paying the entrance fee now you enter a side aisle and are deprived of the magnificent view of the main ceiling and the altar. You have to pay extra to get a clear view of the Pantocreator mosaic and the altar! What a shame! Years ago we entered by the main doors and the center aisle which provided an unimpeded view of the beautiful mosaics and paintings in the church. Unfortunately, in my opinion, now the visitors probably don’t even know what they are missing. It sure ruined my experience of this magnificent church. There must be a better way to control the numbers while allowing them to capture the awesomeness and beauty of the church, as the builders and artitist would have wanted. The poor rating is due to the setup and not at all related to the beauty of the basilica's interior.
Written 1 January 2024
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msmeowrr
Cupertino, CA72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Stunning architecture and interiors. Very crowded during all seasons but totally worth it. There’s a line that forms outside for those with reservations and those without. It’s better to reserve early.
Written 27 December 2023
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tory
United States28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
One of the most beautiful cathedral’s in all of Italy with its incredible art. Also gives a great view of St. Mark’s square on the inside.
Written 27 December 2023
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Julie6802
Sainte-Julie, Canada409 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Must see in Venice! My 4th time visiting Venice but my first time going inside the basilica. Nice but not a must. My daughter had enough of visiting so many churches during our tour in Italy. Visiting the inside is not a must. Beautiful though!
Written 24 December 2023
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Agrippina
North Sydney, Australia4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Preordered tickets for 10am this was a good time-slot as not many people there. The basilica is very grand. Lots of mosaics and art. Our tickets had access to the museum upstairs which boasted a view of the square. We visited for about 45 minutes which we felt was enough to get through the basilica. A few English translations of key parts of basilica. Audioguides available €5.
Written 5 December 2023
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Danielle S
Stockton-on-Tees, England21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
Absolutely breathtaking. Paintings and architecture are stunning. Cheap entry too, I believe it was around €5 to get in
Written 3 December 2023
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WeLoveDisneyland
Forked River NJ277 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Just amazing inside and out! Go behind the altar and pay the fee!! If you have time go to the museum, the balcony and the bell tower (separate but worth every minute of your time) great view. I was fascinated with the sinking marble floor- so sad these beautiful places are built on/near water. San Marco Square is very busy- go early if possible. You can easily spend an entire day in this area of Venice.
Written 29 November 2023
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Basilica di San Marco admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost ₹ 1,874.48, while a popular guided tour starts around ₹ 457.41 per person.

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