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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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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mwooduk
Miami, FL7,620 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
We took a tour with Viator which was well worth the extra money as we got a personal tour guide, beat the line entrance, as well as an audio guide. Be advised, this is not a good place for people who are handicapped. We had two slightly disabled ladies on our tour who used walkers and they both had to wait downstairs while we went upstairs to see the bronze horses, the mosaics, and the view of the interior. The mosaics in this church are simply stunning, and the colors are beautiful. It was really crowded even though we were there at 10 AM in the morning. The lines to get in are really long, ( even in off season) so I am so glad we had a tour which helped us to beat the queues. The bronze horses that the Venetian’s got from the French in the spoils of war, (I believe they used to be on top of the Arc de Triomphe) are beautiful and the view from the outdoor Terrace is stunning. Highly recommended!
Written 17 November 2022
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orca111
scotland78 contributions
Nov 2022
I am not religious but I was amazed at the Basilica - highly recommend. Be warned the ticket at Doges Palace for 30 euro (15 for over 65) does not include the basilica)
Written 12 November 2022
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tmacy916
Lexington, KY55 contributions
Oct 2022
Basilia di San Marco is so beautiful. I think its the most beautiful in Italy. Take advantage of the jump the line passes, it's well worth it. Also, pay the extra inside to see the wall of gold and gems behind the alter. Its truly incredible.
Written 11 November 2022
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Alice
United Kingdom10 contributions
Oct 2022
Possibly one of the most gorgeous buildings I have ever visited in my life and with such history. The outside is incredibly impressive with imposing ogee arches and mosaics but the inside is something else altogether. It is absolutely breathtaking, you will not believe how much gold there is! The ceiling and domes are stunning and it's not a site that will leave you quickly. But it doesn't stop up above, the cosmartesque flooring is like the heavens reflected on the earth and it is so incredibly detailed. All the walls are decorated in painstaking mosaic, similarly to the ceiling and it gives an incredible sense of Venetian wealth and power. Truly not a site to miss on your visit.
Written 11 November 2022
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RjessMMM
Vancouver, WA494 contributions
Nov 2022
Absolutely spectacular and iconic. I would be careful of the times though it is open. One day it did not open up until 2pm and there is a closing time that is strict as well. We did not purchase a ticket ahead of time though that probably would have been a good idea. The one to buy tickets when we got there in the afternoon was probably 100 meters long but the queue moved quickly.Perhaps 30 minutes in line but remember this was the beginning of November. If you are visiting during the summer I bet it is much longer. The mosaics are awe inspiring and most just view the ones on the walls and the ceilings. We love the ones on the floor as well especially since you can get so close to them (ie walk on them). We chose not to go to the upper deck for the view of St Mark’s Square. The reason is that we had just come from the Clock Tower tour and the view you get of the Basilica and the square is far superior. The clock is adjacent to the Basilica and you actually look down of that deck. I would just take your time and enjoy the beauty of such an iconic church. Enjoy.
Written 6 November 2022
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Victorianlad
Melbourne, Australia16,893 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
As a Catholic, this Basilica is not just architecturally splendid but is also a place for reflection and prayer.

The mosaics and soaring columns are great though.

We attended the 1845 hours Vigil Mass on a Saturday evening. The priest sang beautifully, and not just during the hymns that were fewer than we are used to in Australia. There were more than 100 in the congregation. The priest spoke briefly in English just before the final blessing to advise of some future liturgical events.

The lights were then quickly turned off.

Externally, construction fences mar but there was significant November 2019 flood damage so it has to be repaired.
Written 6 November 2022
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brad120
Jacksonville, AR90 contributions
Nov 2022
Just go see it. You won't believe the gold.

The only complaint was that there were additional charges once you paid the admission. If you want to see this, it is so many more Euros. If you want to see that, it is so many MORE Euros. But it was well worth it.
Written 5 November 2022
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JRMADA
United States2,781 contributions
Oct 2022
This is one of the most beautiful churches we’ve ever visited. The interior is a feast to the eyes. The outside is partially covered as construction goes on, so it is hard to see and appreciate the exterior. To get the full experience you need to get the combined €15.00 ticket if you purchase at the door or €20.00 if you reserve online (per person price). The combo ticket includes entry to the Basilica, Pala d’Oro, and Museum. When you buy the museum ticket you get to go out on the balcony and see the Piazza from a high point (the view is spectacular). This is a popular ticket and everyone wants to get it, so my suggestion is to purchase online at the earliest hour (opening hour preferably), so that you are not shoulder to shoulder with other visitors. You want to avoid the tour guides and their groups. The main issue I have with this place is that they let in too many people at once and visitor experience is diminished. Obviously the organizers don’t care about our experience and it is all about the revenue for them, but you can help yourself by going in early. Enjoy…
Written 29 October 2022
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andyh67186334
Coalville, UK6,592 contributions
Oct 2022
I advise to book an entrance ticket online with a dedicated time slot, which ensures that you have priority access and not be standing in a queue for a couple of hours. The price is 6 Euros, which is excellent value for money, Once inside we paid 5 Euros to see the shrine of St Mark and 7 Euros to go to the museum and the upper part of the Basilica and on the external roof where you get incredible views of St Marks Square and the Dowdger's Palace. The decoration inside the Basilica are incredible with lots of intricate mosaic designs. Well worth a visit.
Written 15 October 2022
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Steven M
Milton Keynes, UK157 contributions
Oct 2022
Fabulously opulent Catholic basilica. Rather than queue, just got to Sunday Mass and sit and appreciate the architecture whilst listening to incredible singing of the choir.
Written 15 October 2022
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