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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. Put Basilica di San Marco at the forefront of your travel plans using our Venice visit planning site.
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Tours to Basilica di San Marco
$130 BOOK WITH VIATOR Best of Venice Tour with St Mark’s Basilica and Grand Canal Boat tour Best of Venice Tour with St Mark’s Basilica and Grand Canal Boat tour
Duration: 3 hours
$91 BOOK WITH VIATOR Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access & Doge's Palace Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access & Doge's Palace
Duration: 3 hours
$95 BOOK WITH VIATOR St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Small Group Tour with Optional Doge's Palace St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Small Group Tour with Optional Doge's Palace
Duration: 90 to 210 minutes
$49 BOOK WITH VIATOR Skip the Line: Best of Venice Walking Tour with St Mark's Basilica Skip the Line: Best of Venice Walking Tour with St Mark's Basilica
Duration: 2 hours
$206 BOOK WITH VIATOR Venice Super-Saver: Doge’s Palace, Walking Tour & Grand Canal Boat Tour Venice Super-Saver: Doge’s Palace, Walking Tour & Grand Canal Boat Tour
Duration: 5 hours
$138 BOOK WITH VIATOR Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
$103 BOOK WITH VIATOR Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tour Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tour
Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
$96 BOOK WITH VIATOR Skip the Line Venice Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica Tour - T23 Skip the Line Venice Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica Tour - T23
Duration: 2 hours
$305 BOOK WITH VIATOR Venice Skip the Line Saint Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Private Tour Venice Skip the Line Saint Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Private Tour
Duration: 3 hours
$119 BOOK WITH VIATOR Venice Semi-Private Tour of Doge's Palace and Saint Mark's | with Private Option Venice Semi-Private Tour of Doge's Palace and Saint Mark's | with Private Option
Duration: 2 hours
$42 BOOK WITH VIATOR Venice Skip the line St Mark's Basilica tour Venice Skip the line St Mark's Basilica tour
Duration: 1 hour
Basilica di San Marco reviews
We had been to Venice twice before but never got into the basilica because of the long queues, This time we booked on line and were able to go in without a wait and stay as long as we wanted to...
We had been to Venice twice before but never got into the basilica because of the long queues, This time we booked on line and were able to go in without a wait and stay as long as we wanted to... more »
Everywhere I read about this bascilica, it said to "go early." The line was incredibly long early in the morning, but pretty non-existent at 2pm. We didn't need to get skip the line tickets to get in.... more
Everywhere I read about this bascilica, it said to "go early." The line was incredibly long early in the morning, but pretty non-existent at 2pm. We didn't need to get skip the line tickets to get in.... more »
A nice church with a museum on the top. You need to pay 3 euros to get in normally, additional 10 euros I think to get to the terrace with access to Museum. IMO, you should either go to the bell...
A nice church with a museum on the top. You need to pay 3 euros to get in normally, additional 10 euros I think to get to the terrace with access to Museum. IMO, you should either go to the bell... more »
The facade was under renovations when I visited. I initially booked a tour but due to stuff ups, we ended up entering by ourselves. Entry was only €3, but there is another section to the inner area that requires another payment of €5. Despite parts being renovated/fixed/closed off.. I really enjoyed the beautiful artwork within. The murals were so beautiful and I was also a huge fan of the tiles and sculptures. I’m not sure about the extra €5 fee to view the inner parts. I think paying the €3 initial entry fee was the best value €3 I ever spent… Queue was extremely long and busy in the morning so I visited in the late afternoon (2.30pm) and the queue were not as long. It also moved really fast.
After waiting for almost 2 hours in the queue under the sun along with hundreds of people and just before reaching the entrance one of their staff just closed the gate and told us "today special day we close at 15:30" while pointing at an A4 print next to the entrance. They could have printed and posted this on different spots along the queue but they didn't, they could have also have one person from their staff walk along the huge queue telling people that today the Basilica will be closing earlier than usual so hundreds of tourists didn't have to waste their time waiting under the sun. Instead they chose to treat tourists like animals instead, a great experience will definitely come back for more.
It's nice, but don't expect that the €3 entry will get you all the way through, to go to the chapel it's another €7 and to go to the balcony it's €5, so just be warned, if you're only going for the view, go to the bell tower opposite 360 views of the city. Also the decor is also under renovations so some parts don't look as they would have, some look a little odd next to other original artwork
One of the most important tourist sites in Venice is St. Mark's Basilica, whose ornate Byzantine-inspired façade and domes overlook Piazza San Marco, St. Mark's Square. The building itself is a work of art, with a mix of architectural styles heavily influenced by the Byzantine Empire, showing Venice's long trade connections to the East. Highlights of the vast interior are the brilliant mosaics that line its domes and vaults, and the high altar covered in gold and jewels. The Treasury contains more glittering gold and jewels. For an unforgettable view of St. Mark's Square, the tall campanile and the clock tower, climb to the porch to stand among the iconic horses. Next to the basilica is the Doge's Palace, also filled with priceless masterpieces of Italian art.
Probably the N. 1 tourist spot in Venice would be the San Marco Basilica and Square. Enjoy the view of this beautiful marvel of Itallo-Byzantine architecture. The admission to the basilica is free, but you should consider to make a reservation online (for 1,50 Eur) for the queue can take up 5 hours otherwise. Don't forget that you are in one of the most touristy spots in the world. Connected to the cathedral, you will find the Campanile of St. Mark, a beautiful Romanesque tower providing you unusual views of the town and the whole lagoon. The admission fee is 8 EUR.
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