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Basilica di San Marco, Venice
Categories: Architectural Buildings, Landmarks, Tourist Spots
Renowned worldwide for its priceless treasures, Basilica di San Marco is one of the finest examples of Byzantine architecture in Italy. Originally a private chapel for the doges, the city's chief magistrates, this building has been a cathedral only since 1807. Because of its opulent design, gold dome mosaics, and its status as a symbol of the city's wealth and power, the cathedral has been nicknamed the Church of Gold since the 11th century. The interior is based on a Greek cross, with iconic Byzantine onion-bulb domes and Egyptian marble walls. Behind the main altar, containing the sarcophagus of St. Mark, an altarpiece is adorned with hundreds of emeralds, sapphires, rubies, pearls, and amethysts. The front of the building is rippled with five niched portals, each capped with more elaborate mosaics and stone arches. The church also contains a museum, displaying bronze horses brought here in 1204 as part of the loot from Constantinople in the Fourth Crusade. You can enter the church for free, but the museum has an admission fee. Use our Venice trip itinerary planner to visit Basilica di San Marco on your trip to Venice, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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absolutely beautiful. Unbelievable architecture. on the canal and a wonderment on how this was constructed in that time period.
Красивое, величественное, огромное сооружение! Надо приходить пораньше, когда менее людно. К сожалению, большАя часть фасада находилась на реконструкции во время нашего посещения.Beautiful, majestic, enormous construction! It is necessary to arrive early when less crowded. Unfortunately, a large part of the façade was reconstructed during our visit.show original
Das Unnere des Markusdoms ist wirklich beeindruckend! Speziell die goldene Decke... Die beiden Spezialausstellungen kann man sich dafür schenken...The Unnere of San Marco is really impressive! Specifically the Golden ceiling... You can give the two special exhibitions for this...show original
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