Saint Mark's Basilica

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  • Address: San Marco, 328, Venezia, Italy, Venice
  • Timings: 02:00 pm - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +39-0412708311
  • Time Required: 00:30 Mins
  • Tags: Church, Family And Kids, Architecture

About Saint Mark's Basilica, Venice

The name ‘Church of Gold’ is well deserved. This magnificent Byzantine building is the most opulent, elaborate and lavishly designed/decorated/gifted building in all of Venice. And until the early 18th century, it used to be the Doge’s private little chapel. The only one who had a better building to pray in in the world was the Pope. You are only allowed 10 minutes inside, so make the most of it. The major stands out features (almost each of which have their own fascinating history) are:

  • 8000 sq metres of gilded interior mosaics
  • Five arched portals in the lower register
  • Large bronze doors
  • Byzantine, Romanesque and Gothic Art
  • Horses of Saint Mark
  • The Winged Lion (Venice’s symbol) above the central window
  • The statue of the Four Tetrarchs from Constantinople
  • Greek cross design
  • Geometrically designed marble floors
  • The gem studded the Golden Pall
  • The Treasury

St. Marks Museum: Housed inside the basilica, it has it’s own fees and is definitely worth checking out. It’s established between the Basilica’s vestibule and the Doge’s old banquet hall. The exhibits here cover the Quadriga, Mosaics, Textiles and Antiques. They are most informative.

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Saint Mark's Basilica Information

  • You cannot bring any bags inside with you; avail the locker facilities.
  • Photos and filming are forbidden.
  • Loud explanations are not allowed, the use of earphones is permitted.
  • Make sure you’re conservatively dressed.
  • Disabled visitors should call +39-0412708311 for arrangements.

Saint Mark's Basilica Opening and Closing Hours

  • The Museum hours are 15 minutes shorter than the Basilica’s. It is open throughout the day on sundays and public holidays.

How To reach Saint Mark's Basilica by Public Transport

  • Vaporetti: From Piazzale Rome- Line 1, Vallaresso or San Zaccaria stop; Line 2 Giardinetti stop; Line 5.1 or Line 4.1, San Zaccaria stop.
  • From Santa Lucia Railway Station- Line 1, Vallaresso or San Zaccaria stop; Line 2 Giardinetti stop; Line 5.1 or Line 4.1, San Zaccaria stop.
  • From Lido di Venezia- Line 1, Vallaresso or San Zaccaria stop; Line 5.2, San Zaccaria stop.

Restaurants Near Saint Mark's Basilica

  • Caffe Florian
  • Caffe Quadri
  • Ristorante Quadri

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Things to Know Before Visiting Saint Mark's Basilica

  • 95% of people who visit Venice include Saint Mark's Basilica in their plan

  • 35.15% of people start their Saint Mark's Basilica visit around 09 AM - 10 AM

  • People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Saint Mark's Basilica

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday

65.82% of people prefer walking in order to reach Saint Mark's Basilica

People normally club together Doge's Palace and St Mark's Square while planning their visit to Saint Mark's Basilica.

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Saint Mark's Basilica, Venice Reviews

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  • St Mark’s Basilica is obviously an amazing place to be. It’s a sombre, and reflective experience at one of the most holy places in Venice. Everyone ignores signs for no photos. I don’t want to mark this down from 5/5 but there was a bit of discrepancy in regards to getting in and charges, which don’t detract from it as an attraction but are worth noting. We used the Tiqets app to successfully cut the queue at the next door Doge’s Palace and we were offered the same thing here. For €48, we could get access and cut the line. There was seemingly no place to do this and the queues were enormous so we left it until later in the day, around 3pm. No queues and surprisingly, no expensive access. It was €3 each to see the treasury and €5 each to gain access to the upper deck area and onto the balcony. Worth the admission alone but if you can wait maybe you won’t get caught out with high ticket fees (or maybe we were just lucky?)

  • High up on the list of places you can't miss. The only problem is how to take in so much history, beauty, and spirituality, all at once. Just visiting the cathedral properly should take at least one hour, another one for the museum, add at least 15 minutes on the incredible terrace with the Byzantine horses, but much longer if it's a sunny day to bask in the sunlight looking at San Marco square and the Giudecca Canal from high up.

  • Absolutely beautiful. Acoustics are wonderful in the cathedral, and so much of the history, art, and respect towards this place has been kept. I have heard some complaints about the no pictures rule- in many churches, cathedrals, mosques, shrines, temples, etc. , you will find there is this rule in order to respect the religious value of the building. Please be mindful of this, and try to respect and understand why they do not want pictures in the building. After all, you are still visiting an extremely beautiful historical monument!

  • Do the Walks of Italy tour on Tuesday nights to get exclusive access to the Cathedral without any of the long lines. We went inside and it was completely dark and then they slowly turned on the lights one by one and it was surreal. Know that technically, no photos are allowed - there are signs - but people do it anyways.

  • The centre of Venice and very popular. St Marks church is free to enter and is most definitely worth seeing, unfortunately no photography is allowed inside. The architecture and painting is mesmerising. It’s worth €3 to go up to the horses balcony, although they are not the originals brought from Constantinople in the fourth crusade the view itself is amazing.

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